Endorsed by State Representative Angie Nixon
JACKSONVILLE, FL— Today, Joshua Hicks officially announced his candidacy for Jacksonville City Council At-Large, Group 2, challenging incumbent council member Ron Salem in the 2023 Municipal Election. He previously filed for Council District 3 before the local redistricting process was underway.
In a newly released campaign video, Joshua highlights his career as a non-profit professional and community advocate, and outlines how the City Council’s priorities have left many of the city’s major challenges unaddressed. He views the 2023 citywide elections as an opportunity to refocus on the most pressing needs of Jacksonville’s residents.
“Our elected leadership has an obligation to be proactive and committed to solving the needs of our entire community” he said. “We are continuing to face a pandemic that has completely reshaped our daily lives, an affordable housing crisis that makes achieving the American Dream nearly impossible for many, and a breakdown of trust in those who are supposed to fight to improve our daily lives. It’s past time we send people to City Hall who will always put the people first, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”
City Council members recently voted to fund nonprofits and businesses with whom they are closely tied while suspending city-wide waste collection services, something Hicks cites as an example of the need for more transparency, better planning and priorities. “If we are going to grow, prosper, and live up to our potential as a city, we must be focused on fixing Jacksonville’s infrastructure, addressing the impacts of climate change, supporting small businesses, making housing more affordable, and so much more. Every taxpayer dollar should be spent wisely and in an accountable manner.”
Hicks also announced the endorsement of State Representative Angie Nixon. “At a time when residents of Jacksonville need leadership that puts the community’s needs above their own self interest, I am proud to see Joshua step up to ensure ALL voices are heard,” said Nixon. “For our city to reach its fullest potential, we need a City Hall that understands the challenges ahead and can face them head-on, something he is poised and ready to do. I’m proud to endorse Joshua Hicks for City Council.”