Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Final Five Strive for District 10; They Have Little Time to Sway Mia Jones' Voters

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Final Five Strive for District 10; They Have Little Time to Sway Mia Jones' Voters

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Byline: LARRY HANNAN

With five candidates running to succeed Mia Jones on the Jacksonville City Council, voters in District 10 have only a few weeks to get to know the quintet before casting their ballots.

That's not a lot of time for the candidates to set themselves apart, but the five are doing their best to establish themselves in the mind of voters.

The special election is occurring because Jones resigned to run for the Florida House. The five candidates vying to succeed her will all be on the same ballot on Aug. 26. If no one gets a majority of the vote, the top two will be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 general election.

King Holzendorf, a 72-year-old Democrat, was Jones' predecessor on the council from 1995 to 2003. Now he also hopes to be her successor.

Holzendorf said he would focus on crime reduction and improve existing parks and recreation centers in the district if he is elected. That would include allocating more resources to the district when it comes to police and money for park maintenance and new recreational equipment.

He would also like to create more jobs in the district by attracting industries that pay high wages into the core city neighborhoods that make up District 10.

While Holzendorf is the oldest candidate in the race, Angela Nixon, 24, is the youngest.

A former intern for Jones who recently graduated from the University of Florida, Nixon said people in District 10 will relate more to her as a young female than they will to her older male opponents.

She said she doesn't have a name in the community yet, but is very passionate about the district.

Nixon is also a single mother and said she understands the challenges of raising a child while trying to make ends meet.

Democrat James Evans Muhammad, a 49-year-old history and reading teacher at Eugene Butler Middle School, is running his second campaign for the City Council. …

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