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Alvin Brown Opens Mandarin Office
Alvin Brown Opens Mandarin Office

Mayoral candidate Alvin Brown today opened his campaign's Mandarin office with a passionate speech about fighting for the future of public education in Jacksonville. He also picked up the endorsement of former mayor Tommy Hazouri whom he described as one of Northeast Florida's leading public servants and staunchest advocates for education.

"Alvin Brown has the vision, the passion and the ability to be a great Mayor of our great city," Hazouri said during a brief speech endorsing Brown.

"Alvin understands how to rebuild our city's economy and attract good paying jobs to Jacksonville."

Brown praised Hazouri for his decades of public service and work in supporting education. He called Hazouri "arguably Northeast Florida's greatest champion for public education" and pledged to stand arm-and-arm with public education advocates like Tommy Hazouri.

"We will draw a line in the sand," Brown said. "They will not dismantle or cripple public education in Jacksonville while I am mayor.  Our schools will be stronger and our community will be more proud of the educational opportunities we provide Jacksonville's children. "

Hazouri, who served as mayor in the late 1980s, grew up in Jacksonville and attended Andrew Jackson High School.  In the Florida Legislature, he chaired the House Committee on Education. He also served on the House Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Education Funding where he fought courageously for education and children's issues. As mayor, he remained a consistent vocal advocate for public education. And during the last eight years, Hazouri has been one of the leading voices in fighting for our public schools as a member and chairman of the Duval County School Board. Hazouri's wife Carol has taught in Duval public schools for 30 years and his son Tommy Hazouri Jr. is also a public school teacher.

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