Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville endorses Al Lawson’s bid to oust Corrine Brown

On Tuesday afternoon, the Florida TimesUnion editorial board announced its decision to endorse Florida A&M University alumnus and former Florida Senate Minority Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson in the race for the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5) seat.

The Jacksonville-based newspaper chose to support him over incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who lives in the city. She is also a graduate of FAMU.

“To receive the endorsement from the biggest publication in Jacksonville means so much to me. It shows that the city is ready for a leader they can trust,” Lawson said. “I am ready to go to Washington and work hard for the Bold City.”

Lawson attended a candidate interview with the TimesUnion on July 29, responding to questions from members of the editorial board on how he plans to work for CD5 citizens who live both inside and outside of Jacksonville.

The TimesUnion noted in its endorsement that Lawson “will work for all of his constituents in Washington. He will not indulge in ‘us vs. them’ tactics. Lawson will be a studious workhouse in Congress. He will not be a selfaggrandizing showhorse… Lawson will be a unifying presence as a congressman, someone who will work across the partisan aisle.”

Lawson said he is looking forward to the opportunity to bring new leadership to this district.

The primary election for Fifth Congressional District of Florida will take place on August 30.

Read the full endorsement here.

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