A poll by St. Pete Polls shows Democratic voters supporting Brown with 42.3 percent and Lawson with 36.7 percent. 21.1 percent of Democrats were unsure of who they would choose.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
In order to qualify, Lawson had to have 2,298 verified petitions. He has now exceeded this amount and met the petition qualifications.
“I have always thought that the voice of the people was the most important. I am very honored to have their support, and will continue to look out for the interests of North Florida,” Lawson said. “It’s a privilege to have their backing.”
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Brown, a FAMU alumna, is facing a challenge from FAMU alumnus and former Florida Senate Minority Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson. They are now both seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary that is scheduled for August 30, 2016.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
CD5, which Brown has represented since 1992, ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County until the Florida Supreme Court voted 5-2 on December 2 to approve a new set of Congressional district maps in compliance with the Fair Districts Amendment. The new maps included a redrawn District 5 that runs from Duval to Gadsden Counties. The new CD5 remains a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters.
From Mitchell’s column: “Busting myths about Corrine Brown’s redistricting battle”:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
message on his official Facebook page on March 11th:
Issues, Questions & Answers - What's in it for HBCUs?
There has been significant discussion regarding free tuition for Higher Education and what the implications are to HBCU's. Both Hillary Clinton & Bernie Sanders have indicated in broad strokes their intentions to help HBCU's as part of their proposed Higher Education packages, but little with respect to details has been discussed - at least in the public forum.
Bill Clinton, who served as commander-in-chief from 1993 to 2001, is scheduled to lead a “Get Out the Vote” rally at the FAMU Hansel E. Tookes, Sr. Student Recreation Center at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Attendees will be able to enter the center at 11:30 a.m.
“President Clinton will lay out what's at stake during this election and why Hillary is the only candidate who can break down barriers that hold Floridians back, deliver results, and protect the progress that we’ve made under President Obama,” the Clinton campaign said in an event announcement on its official website.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Pelosi addressed the issue at a February 23 press conference where she endorsed Val Demings’ bid for the CD10 Democratic nomination. Demings, a former Orlando police chief, previously won the Democratic nomination for CD10 in 2012 but came up short in her general election contest against Republican Dan Webster. The newly redrawn CD10 is now a minority access district with about 50 percent black voters.
“I don’t want to divulge our personal conversations, but what I will say is I think the fact that the Congressional Black Caucus, of which Corrine is a very respected and valued member, is supporting Val Demings should be a clear indication of where we should be going,” Pelosi said.
Monday, February 15, 2016
hasn’t ruled out running in District 10 in Central Florida if her federal lawsuit against the redrawn map for her current District 5 (CD5) fails. FAMU alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson is running for the new CD5 in North Florida and FAMU alumna Mia Jones, a current state representative from Jacksonville, has said she might enter the race if Brown decides against seeking reelection.
Lawson and Jones would both be vying to represent FAMU in Congress if they faced off in a primary and would likely tout their records on FAMU issues in the Florida Legislature. One FAMU issue where Lawson and Jones have shown big differences in commitment is on defending FAMU control of the budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).
Thursday, February 04, 2016
|Al Lawson during his 2012 Congressional campaign in District 2|
“Washington is broken and now more than ever we need real leadership in Congress that puts the people ahead of politics,” said Lawson, an alumnus of Florida A&M University. “I fought for this community in our state Capitol, and I will continue to fight for North Florida’s working families in Congress.”
Friday, January 15, 2016
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has endorsed Val Demings’ bid for the CD10 Democratic nomination. Demings, a former Orlando police chief, previously won the Democratic nomination for CD10 in 2012, but came up short in her general election contest against Republican Dan Webster. The newly redrawn CD10 is now a minority access district with about 50 percent black voters.
“Val Demings is the exact kind of public servant we need in Congress to help solve some of the toughest issues facing our country today,” Pelosi said in her endorsement statement.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
reported that Congresswoman Corrine Brown received a subpoena from U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) officials while eating at a barbeque restaurant in Jacksonville. USDOJ declined to comment on the matter when asked by media representatives.
Brown suggested that the action was part of a political attack against her.
“The 5th congressional district is under attack through the redistricting process, and now it is under siege by other political forces,” she said. “It is not surprising that every time we go through the redistricting process some tangential investigation comes up.”
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Florida A&M alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson was unfazed when asked to respond to Corrine Brown’s decision to file for reelection in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida. The news came less than a week after Lawson announced that he would enter the Democratic primary in the newly redrawn district that now includes Leon County.
“She keeps saying that Tallahassee has nothing in common with Jacksonville and that kind of offends some people,” Lawson said in a quote published by POLITICO Florida.
This summer, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s congressional districts unconstitutional and ordered a new map drawn. Following a special session and continued litigation, the trial court adopted and the Florida Supreme Court approved a map that created a new district for the communities of North Florida, stretching from Tallahassee and Gadsden County to Jacksonville. District 5 formerly ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Lawson will almost definitely face a Jacksonville-based contender in the Democratic primary. The Florida Times-Union reports that several black current and former elected officials in the Duval County area are interested in running for CD5 if Brown decides not to seek reelection in that district.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
“North Florida needs a strong, progressive voice in Washington to protect those issues important to our families,” said Lawson. “I fought for our communities while serving in our state Capitol, and I will continue to fight for North Florida’s working families in Congress.”
Sunday, December 13, 2015
wrote that an adviser to U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown said Brown won’t seek reelection in the Fifth Congressional District if the federal courts reject her challenge to the new map.
District 5, which Brown has represented since 1992, ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County until the Florida Supreme Court voted 5-2 on December 2 to approve a new set of Congressional district maps in compliance with the Fair Districts Amendment. The new maps included a redrawn District 5 that runs from Duval to Gadsden Counties. The new District 5 remains a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
|Al Lawson at a Citizens for Responsible Spending press conference in September|
District 5 will remain a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters under the new map that was approved by the Florida Supreme Court on December 2.
Lawson, a former state senator, appears to have already come out swinging against Gillum.
Monday, December 07, 2015
District 5, which Brown has represented since 1992, formerly ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County. But a July 9 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court ordered that District 5 be redrawn “in an east-west manner,” while remaining a minority-access seat, in order to comply with the Fair Districts Amendment.
Monday, October 26, 2015
District 5, which Brown has represented since 1992, currently runs north-south from Duval County to Orange County. But a July 9 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court ordered that District 5 be redrawn “in an east-west manner” while remaining a minority-access seat. The Florida Legislature has proposed a new district that will run from Duval to Gadsden Counties.
Lawson represented all or part of four of those counties (Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, and Madison) in the Florida Senate from 2000 to 2010. He told WFSU that he might run for the District 5 seat next year.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Alexander, national executive director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., has a total of $88,678.55 in monetary donations and $1,675.00 in in-kind contributions.
“My wife and I are grateful to the great number of people who believe enough in our campaign to give their hard-earned dollars in support of my candidacy,” Alexander said in a quote published by the SaintPetersBlog.