Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'99 Will Be Different for Glover

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'99 Will Be Different for Glover

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It's sure different this time.

This time, Nat Glover looks unbeatable as he begins a

re-election campaign for a second and final term as

Jacksonville's sheriff.

What a contrast to four years ago, when then-Sheriff Jim

McMillan questioned whether an African-American could get

elected in Jacksonville in a countywide race.

Glover not only became the first elected black sheriff in

Florida since Reconstruction, he remains the most popular

elected official in Jacksonville. Polls taken last fall found

Glover's job approval rating above 80 percent.

Yesterday, at his campaign kickoff at Alltel Stadium's West

Club, Glover said the difference between this campaign and his

first was "like night and day."

"What's great about it," he said, "is seeing people come

together, black and white, Republican and Democrat, people

across all social lines. If we achieve nothing else, that is the

most important thing for Jacksonville."

Mayor John Delaney, a Republican, and State Attorney Harry

Shorstein, a Democrat, served as honorary co-chairmen for the

reception.

"If everybody in town doesn't show up I'll be surprised," said

Bob Shircliff, a member of the host committee, which included

many of the same fund-raisers who are helping with the mayor's

re-election campaign.

Glover has come a long way since his 1995 kickoff, which

campaign chairman Gary Pajcic said they could have held in a

phone booth. Last night's event was polished, complete with

large screens showing videos of Glover in action and a

tele-prompter the sheriff used to deliver his speech.

Glover spoke of the "unprecedented cooperation" among the

mayor, state attorney and sheriff in Jacksonville. He said

Jacksonville citizens are helping the police take back the

streets block by block. …

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