Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carroll's Defeat Hasn't Swayed Her Spirit Contention over District 3 Seat Still on Her Mind

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carroll's Defeat Hasn't Swayed Her Spirit Contention over District 3 Seat Still on Her Mind

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As far as Jennifer Carroll is concerned, the message from her recent congressional campaign was loud and clear.

"Keep up the good work," is what a lot of people are telling the Green Cove Springs resident, fresh off a defeat in her first bid for elective office.

"I am getting phone calls and e-mails from people who want to make sure I run again," said Carroll, rested and smiling a week after a grueling, unsuccessful campaign to unseat Corrine Brown in Florida's 3rd Congressional District. "They don't want the defeat to keep me from running again. They liked the good, clean campaign I ran and the values that I stood for.

"Next time, we will start with a large volunteer base, more than we began with this time."

Next time?

While acknowledging the possibility she could run against Brown again, Carroll said it is too soon to begin making those kinds of plans.

There are other considerations, she said, such as the redrawing of Florida's congressional boundaries, especially the 3rd District, when the next Congress convenes in the spring.

"Florida will get two more representatives because of its increased population, and I'm sure they will do something about this district, which is terrible," she said. "It depends on if and how much they change it. The way it is now, it is a tough district to campaign in."

Another consideration, depending on the outcome of the presidential race, would be a possible governmental appointment.

"Some people have told me that if the governor [George W. Bush] gets elected, I might be considered for some kind of job up there," she said. "The only problem with that is I don't want to live in Washington, D.C."

Carroll said she was satisfied with the way her campaign was conducted and would do it the same way again.

"I got a number of compliments from black Democrats and people told me how they appreciate the quality of race I ran," she said. …

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