Name: Greg Rachal
Family: Wife and three Children
Occupation: UPS Human Resource Management; 22 years of service
Political/Government experience: Current City Jacksonville Commissioner of Taxation Revenue Utilization and Expenditure
Years lived in Jacksonville: 29 years
Campaign website: www.electgregrachal.com
Why did you decide to run for office? Jacksonville is poised to take the next step in becoming a city of the future; however, I feel Jacksonville is in need of leadership with new and innovative ideas. With my back ground in Human Resources, I confident that I will be able to use my skills to become a representative voice between the citizens and the city.
What is the biggest problem facing Jacksonville as a city overall, and how specifically would seek to address that: Currently our city is experiencing a spike in crime, illicit drug use, increasing homelessness along with multitude of other issues. These challenges can cause a loss of trust between citizens and leadership. Through continued partnerships with city agencies, non-profits and community groups we can start to address specific problems facing our city.
What makes your constituents unique, and how would that influence your time in office: Based on the fact that Jacksonville is the largest city in square miles and a consolidated government, this makes our citizens and city demographics unique in comparison to other cities. Therefore, each citizen plays an important role in defining our city. As an At-Large Councilman, my goal is to become a bridge between the citizen and government.
What would be your main budget priority for the upcoming fiscal year? The main priority for our city has to be public safety. We should ensure the citizens of Jacksonville can feel safe in their city spaces and neighborhoods.
How do you define what you hope Jacksonville will be ten years from now? I define Jacksonville as the gateway to the future. With all of the City’s resources, Jacksonville can be an ideal view of what other cities would hope to become. Jacksonville has a rich history, a beautiful river, growing port, strong veteran population, education systems, quality hospitals and the list goes on and on. I believe that the consolidation of our city in the early days was the right move. It is my hope within the next decade, other cities across the US will want to use Jacksonville’s blueprint and follow its example.
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