Jim Love: Why I'm Running for City Council District 14February 15, 2011 55 comments Print Article
I have lived in Jacksonville for more than 30 years. This is where I have raised my family and built my insurance business. I have a passion for this city and I want it to be even better than it is. Like my father who served in three wars (WWII, Korea and Vietnam), I have an inner drive to serve my country and my community. I served my county as a pilot flying the A-7 jet off the Saratoga and I retired as a Captain (0-6) in 2003 from the Naval Reserve. I have also served my community as a board member and current president of the Park and King Area Association. In 2005 our association in partnership with the City of Jacksonville completed a major renovation of the commercial district in Riverside. This has led to a revitalization of the businesses in the Park and King Street area and it provided many new jobs. I would like to see projects like this continue throughout Jacksonville.
Increasing the employment in Jacksonville, especially for small businesses, is my number one goal in public office. To do this the City must reign in excess taxes and regulations that hurt and stop business growth. As a 27-year business owner and a two-time Small Business Leader of the Year for the Downtown Council of the Jacksonville Chamber, I know what it takes to grow a small business. Much of the business community agrees with my direction as I have been endorsed by the First Coast Manufacturers Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Northeast Florida Builders Association and the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.
Making Jacksonville a better place includes reducing the crime rate. Even though our murder rate has dropped, it is still twice that of Floridas statewide average. It is so much harder to attract companies to Jacksonville with the Murder Capital of Florida title. As the President of the Park and King Area Association I meet monthly with our community policemen, T. C. Edwards and Al Simms, and go over ways to improve the safety of our community. I believe this type of communication should be expanded. My work with the JSO has helped me earn the endorsement of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police.
Another of my motivations for running is my passion to determine ways that the City Council can better work with the Duval County School Board to improve the quality of our public schools. Having nine D rated high schools in Duval County hurts Jacksonville, and we must do better for our children. In addition it makes it more difficult do attract new businesses to Jacksonville. As the father of three boys who all attended public schools, I believe we must work with the School Board to address this problem.
Lastly, as a retired Naval Reserve captain, I believe I am the candidate best suited to help insure that our largest employer in District 14, the U.S. Navy, maintains its presence and, if possible, to expand its presence. With the fight to move a Navy carrier to Jacksonville continuing it will be an advantage for Jacksonvilles City Council to include someone with a naval aviation and command background.