JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fresh off their meeting in downtown Jacksonville Monday night, the Republican Party of Duval County has set their priorities for the busy year.
“We are committed to reelecting the Governor,” says Duval GOP Chairman Rick Hartley. “I mean the man knows what he’s doing on how to build business and create jobs.”
Hartley says that history shows no one wins a statewide race without carrying Duval County.
“Governor Scott won by a small margin last time in Duval County and statewide,” he says, which is why they’re going to make a big push this year to try and increase his margins in Duval.
Specifically, Hartley says they’ll be educating and registering voters, and making sure they get to the polls.
He also says they want to make a big push for the school board races this year, even though they’re non-partisan.
“Our schools and the school board are the foundation for our future,” Hartley says of the decision. “The down-ballot races actually have more impact on our day-to-day lives than the people at the top of the ticket, usually. And a huge portion, right at half of our tax dollars, go to the school board.”