Lenny Curry

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Lenny Curry
Lenny Curry portrait.jpg
8th Mayor of Jacksonville
Assumed office
July 1, 2015
Preceded byAlvin Brown
Chair of the Florida Republican Party
In office
September 23, 2011 – May 31, 2014
Preceded byDavid Bitner
Succeeded byLeslie Dougher
Personal details
Born
Leonard Boyd Curry

(1970-07-19) July 19, 1970 (age 50)
Key West, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Molly Lefeber
EducationSt. Johns River State College
University of Florida (BS)
WebsiteOfficial website

Leonard Boyd Curry (born July 19, 1970) is an American politician and businessman who is currently Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. He assumed office on July 1, 2015, after defeating incumbent Alvin Brown in the city's 2015 mayoral election. He was re-elected in 2019. A Republican, Curry formerly served as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and co-founded the professional services firm ICX Group. With San Diego's Mayor Kevin Faulconer termed out in 2020, Jacksonville became the largest city in the United States currently with a Republican mayor.

Life and career[edit]

Curry was born in Key West.[1] He later grew up in Middleburg, Florida and graduated from Middleburg High School. Curry began his higher education at St. Johns River Community College, then transferred to the University of Florida and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting.[2] He married his wife, Molly, in 2005. They have three children: Boyd, Brooke, and Bridgett.[3]

From 1994 to 2002, he practiced as a certified public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2002, he co‐founded a Jacksonville-based professional services firm, ICX Group Inc., providing finance and accounting consulting, executive recruiting, and staffing services.

On June 3, 2014, Curry filed to run in the Jacksonville mayoral election in 2015. He said he decided to enter the race because beginning in late 2012 and early 2013, he began hearing about leadership troubles under incumbent Democratic mayor Alvin Brown.[3]

On March 19, 2019, Curry was re-elected to a second term as mayor of Jacksonville in the 2019 election. His major competitor was Anna Brosche, who earned 24% of the vote, while Curry got 58%. He won a majority of the votes in the blanket primary, and was therefore re-elected without a runoff election.

Curry had co-chaired the Jacksonville host committee for the 2020 Republican National Convention, which was, for a period, planned to be held in Jacksonville.[4][5] Despite Curry having declared that no city taxpayer funding would go towards hosting the Republican National Convention, the city spent several hundred thousand dollars in preparations.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cassidy, Austin (August 30, 2010). "Meet Lenny Curry: The Republican Party's Quarterback for 2010". Jacksonville Observer. Retrieved March 26, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Monroe, Nate (March 5, 2015). "Curry transformed from minor player in GOP politics to formidable Brown challenger". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved March 26, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Marilyn Young (June 3, 2014). "The story behind Lenny Curry's decision to run for Jacksonville mayor". Financial News & Daily Record. Retrieved May 20, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Gibbons, Timothy (19 June 2020). "32 state, local leaders named to Jacksonville Republican convention host committee". www.bizjournals.com. Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved 15 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Meet the Jacksonville Host Committee for the Republican National Convention". WJXT. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Harrison, Haley (16 October 2020). "Jacksonville RNC Committee has nearly $840,000 leftover. Where is it going?". firstcoastnews.com.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
David Bitner
Chair of the Florida Republican Party
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Leslie Dougher
Political offices
Preceded by
Alvin Brown
Mayor of Jacksonville
2015–present
Incumbent