JACKSONVILLE, FL. – Some Republican Florida lawmakers are looking to the state to change its “Resign to Run” laws so Gov. Ron DeSandis can run for president without resigning as governor. Locally, Republican Duval County Mayor Lenny Curry is pushing Jacksonville voters to pass a “Resign to Run” law.
Curry is asking Jacksonville voters to pass a law that would force local politicians to resign from their current position when they qualify to run for a new elected position.
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“I think in Jacksonville we’ve seen too many times where politicians bounce from one office to another from city council to constitutional offices to the state legislature. “While there are many good people who have served their entire careers in elected office, I really think that ‘stepping down to run’ is a good thing to do,” Curry said.
While Curry has not endorsed any mayoral candidates in the 2023 election, News4JAX crews spotted him on the campaign trail for Chamber of Commerce Republican Daniel Davis. Davis would not have to resign his seat to run. However, two other Democratic members of the city council — Leanna Cumber and Al Ferraro — would have to.
Camper responded to Curry with a tweet.
The Mayor filed a bill that says candidates must “resign to run.” He extols how important it is for candidates to “return to privacy”. Using the Mayor’s logic, he suggests @RonDeSantisFL he should resign if he is a candidate for higher office. I do not agree. https://t.co/xAqUaNZg44
— LeAnna Cumber (@LeAnnaCumber) November 18, 2022
On the other hand, Republicans like House Speaker Paul Renner began making headlines saying that changing state law like “Decline to Run” could be a “good idea” to allow De Sandys to be presidential candidate and retain his position as governor.
READING: “Resign to Run” legislation.
Curry has addressed this distinction between state and Florida Waiver to Execute laws in an article he wrote for Florida Politics:
“My proposal focuses on the level of government that most affects Jacksonville, the local offices here. Jacksonville is unique as a unitary government governed by a charter charter adopted by the state. While I would prefer that voters vote on an immediate and express change to our statute, there are questions raised by decades of legal opinion that could challenge this proposal without legislative changes in Tallahassee.”
Curry also stressed that it’s not his choice about what Jacksonville should do. He wants to present the information to the voters for them to decide in the end.
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