Jacksonville’s first African American Mayor, Alvin Brown, is seeking office again. Brown hopes to unseat Al Lawson who has represented the Florida 5th Congressional District for a year. Lawson was elected to Congress after defeating former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
Before becoming Jacksonville’s Mayor, Alvin Brown was a member of the Bill Clinton Administration working in the US Department of Commerce. Brown was also Deputy Administrator for Community Development, Rural Business and Cooperative Development Services at the US Department of Agriculture. He was also the Executive Director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund, which oversaw distribution of more than $20 million used to rebuild churches that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.