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As Florida tries to change the Resign to Run laws, Mayor Curry wants voters to implement them in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Some Republican lawmakers in Florida are demanding that the state change the “resignation to office” laws to potentially allow Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for president without stepping down as governor. On the ground, Lenny Curry, the Republican mayor of Duval County, is urging Jacksonville voters to pass a resignation bill.

Curry is urging Jacksonville voters to introduce legislation that would force local politicians to resign from their current posts if they qualify for a newly elected position.

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“I think we’ve seen too many times in Jacksonville politicians jumping from one office to another, from the city council to the constitutional offices to the state legislature. While there are a lot of good people who have spent their entire careers in elected office, I really think it’s a good thing to “step down to run,” Curry said.

While Curry didn’t endorse a mayoral candidate in the 2023 election, News4JAX crews spotted him campaigning for Republican Daniel Davis, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce. Davis would not have to resign from his position to run. However, two other Republican city council members — Leanna Cumber and Al Ferraro — would have to do it.

Cumber replied to Curry in a tweet.

On the other hand, state Republicans like House Speaker Paul Renner made the headlines and said that a change in state law like “resigning to run” might be a “good idea” for DeSantis to run for president and do his job can keep as governor.

READ: Resign to Run Legislation

Curry responded to this distinction between state and Florida “resign to run” laws in an op-ed he wrote for Florida Politics:

“My proposal focuses on the level of government that most influences Jacksonville, the local offices here. Jacksonville is unique as a consolidated government governed by a state-approved charter. While I would prefer voters to vote on a direct and explicit change to our charter, there are questions raised by decades-old legal opinions that could challenge this proposal without legislative changes in Tallahassee.”

Curry also emphasized that what Jacksonville should do is not his choice. He wants to present the information to the voters so that they can decide in the end.

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