Sheriff Mike Williams and his department has been a black eye for Jacksonville in recent years. It is clear to most residents here that the police assault on civilians and shooting of unarmed mentally disabled individuals brings into question our practice and oversight of the police department. Case of handcuffed boy beaten by police/ charges dropped. As Mayor I will fight for an elected citizens review board with the power to change police practices, ensuring the best working conditions for our officers and fairness to the people they are sworn to serve. The cleanup of corruption begins at the top.
In order to build an economy for Jacksonville that not only lifts out of poverty Jacksonville’s North and Westsides long neglected for 50 years since Consolidation, Crooms has proposed raising the minimum wage on Jacksonville’s largest employers to $15 in an effort to create upward mobility and stability in Jacksonville’s jobs market. The current direction of part time work for low pay is unsustainable for Jacksonville’s growing population and needed infrastructure improvements.
Jacksonville has mounted itself an ugly status of being murder capital in Florida. Currently 70% of violent crime cases are unsolved and less than a quarter of murder cases have been solved. Currently the proposal by Mayor Lenny Curry is to give JSO 30 million dollars to fight the issue a year after getting 100 more officers to fight the same issue. My administration doesn't want to just attack the symptom after it's already too late. We will tackle the problems in a systematic way. The 30 million in the borrowed budget will have a much greater impact if we directly invested it into the infrastructure in Jacksonville's Northside.
Crooms' support for small businesses and the raise in taxes by Lenny Curry, he plans to not only fulfill the promises of infrastructure to Jacksonville’s Northside by removing septic tanks, installing water and sewer lines to neighborhoods that have for the last 50 years gone without them. Also critical to Jacksonville’s infrastructure is a year-round storm and hurricane preparedness. That would also include rebuilding and securing some of Jacksonville’s most at risk neighborhoods such as Ken Knight Dr. ravaged by Hurricane Irma and since has yet to recover. Crooms also proposes extending permanent JEA board seats to the principle representatives for the workers who maintain our largest city-owned asset.
LGBTQI+ Workplace and Social Equality
Small Businesses/Non-Profit Ventures
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