JaxBiz withdraws Taylor endorsement
JaxBiz, the political affiliate of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, has withdrawn its endorsement of candidate David Taylor, who is in a runoff for City Council At Large Group 1.
A news release Thursday from JaxBiz referred to Taylor’s campaign.
“Because of recent campaign practices that are inconsistent with the Chamber’s values, JaxBiz is withdrawing its endorsement of David Taylor,” said the release.
A statement from JaxBiz Chair Kelly Madden continued: “As we work to overcome one of the most challenging economic periods of our history, we will need strong, ethical leaders who will work collaboratively to address critical issues and create jobs,” said Madden. “We are optimistic about the May elections and the future of our city.”
It did not endorse his opponent in the runoff, Kimberly Daniels.
It also endorsed Robin Lumb in the City Council At-Large Group 5 race. It had endorsed Sean Hall in the first election, but he did not make the runoff.
JaxBiz, which on Wednesday reported it would not endorse a candidate for mayor in the May 17 general election, restated the endorsements it made for the March 22 first election.
It had endorsed Republican Audrey Moran for mayor, but she came in third behind Republican Mike Hogan and Democrat Alvin Brown.