As in many metropolitan cities, Jacksonville has city council districts that have always been represented by African Americans. However there is no law or city ordinance that says those districts must always be represented by the same African Americans. There is a name for politicians who keep running in the same circle of elections, — recycled politicians.
Recycled politicians are those who have served and are now simply engaging in playing political musical chairs. The reason for this varies; they can’t move on or move up in their chosen field of politics because they are politically limited in influence and ability.They continue to run in the same circle because it safe and because they can’t win any where else. They take the voters for granted thinking they won’t have to campaign as much or as hard and assume the voters will support them because of name recognition.. Two such candidates Pat Lockett- Felder and Terry Fields have thrown their hats back into the political arena. Both have already served two terms on the City Council representing District 7 . Now they are back, fighting over the District 8 seat currently held by Denise Lee.
However voters have choices in this race and the choices are not bad at all:
James Breaker:James Breaker has deep roots in Jacksonville’s Northside community. He is a devoted family man, married for 32 years, the father of five sons and 2 grandchildren. Breaker attended Jacksonville area schools and is a proud graduate of William M. Raines Class of 1971. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing/Management from the University of North Florida. After graduating from college, he was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army. He served honorably in “Operation Enduring Freedom” and retired at the rank of LTC after 26 years of service to our country. As a Real Estate Developer, he has continued to work in the community by revitalizing commercial and residential property for the beautification and economic development of our community. James is already heavily involved in community and business development plans for District 8 (The District of Soul). He has been a business man in District 8 for over 25 years and a Real Estate Developer for more than 10 years. He has successfully developed real estate in Sweet Water/West Jacksonville, East Jacksonville, New Town as well as the District of Soul. James is an avid lifetime supporter of business development in the northwest quadrant. He is an active Board Member for the Jacksonville Black Chamber of Commerce, First Coast Chapter of the National Business League, District of Soul and Jacksonville Youth Works. He is also a member of the SCLC, Knights of Peter Claver, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post and the VFW. http://www.jamesbreaker.com/
“My first job at age 15 was serving lunch to the homeless at the Clara White Mission and performing clerical duties for the executive director, Mrs. Bateman. I have worked at Baptist Health for 34 years. For many years I have served as the director of Social Responsibility and Community Health for Baptist. This role has afforded me the honor of working with many of our community’s non-profit and faith-based organizations and given me unique opportunities to witness the city’s challenges and realize our great potential” http://www.lynnsherman.com/home.html
Katrin Brown: Katrina Brown serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Basic Products, LLC., a manufacturer and distributor of food products for national retailers. Katrina is also the Managing Partner of KJB Specialties Inc. (Jerome Brown BBQ), a family owned and operated restaurant management company based in Jacksonville, Florida. Katrina has been directly involved in securing a distribution agreement with Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart. She also coordinated the financial arrangement of private equity, SBA lending and grant funding to redevelop a large manufacturing facility. Katrina received her B.S. in Finance from Clark Atlanta University http://www.votekatrinabrown.com/
Every elected official had to start somewhere. That start came when voters gave them a chance to serve. District 8 voters now have an opportunity to give others who have never served in office, but who are working in the community, a chance to serve. A chance to bring fresh ideas and new vision to the table and to District 8.