|Official portrait of Mayor Alvin Brown|
|Mayor of Jacksonville|
July 1, 2011
|Preceded by||John Peyton|
December 15, 1961 |
Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S.
|Alma mater||Jacksonville University|
Alvin Brown (born December 15, 1961) is an American politician who is Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. The first African American elected to the position, he succeeded John Peyton on July 1, 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Life and career 
Brown was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He moved to Jacksonville in 1981 and attended Edward Waters College and Jacksonville University, where he earned his bachelor's and Master of Business Administration degrees. During the 1990s he served as an advisor to Housing and Urban Development director Andrew Cuomo, President Bill Clinton, and Vice-President Al Gore, although to what extent is unclear according to the Jacksonville newspaper The Florida Times-Union. While living in Washington, Brown met his future wife Santhea. They have two sons, Joshua and Jordan.
Brown entered the race for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011. The incumbent Republican, John Peyton, was barred from a third term. Widely considered an underdog in the March primary election, Brown came in second in the six-person race to face the frontrunner, Republican Mike Hogan, in the runoff election. On May 17, Brown narrowly defeated Hogan by 1,648 votes in what was called the closest mayoral election in Jacksonville history. Brown became the first African American ever elected Mayor of Jacksonville, as well as the first Democrat elected since Ed Austin in 1991. The win was considered a major upset in light of the momentum gained by the Republican Party and the conservative Tea Party movement in the 2010 elections, and a significant victory for the Florida Democratic Party.
Brown was sworn in as mayor on July 1, 2011.
In 2012, Brown became embroiled in controversy over bill to expand the City of Jacksonville's Human Rights Ordinance to include protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Brown repeatedly refused to support or comment on the bill, which was ultimately defeated by one vote when previously supportive city councilman Johnny Gaffney reversed his vote. Critics including Jacksonville City Council President Warren Jones charged Brown and his supporters with exerting "political pressure" behind the scenes to defeat the bill.
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