JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "We can do better, Jacksonville. I know we can," mayoral candidate Warren Lee's slogan states.
Despite the city's many deficiencies, he stands by the slogan, and said if elected mayor of Jacksonville, Lee said he will cut property taxes in his first year and balance the budget but his main focus is jobs.
"We have 100-some-thousand people out of work," Lee said.
Lee said dredging the river will be a segue into international trade and jobs. "Bigger ships mean more jobs, more money," Lee said. "And when people are making money in this city, they spend more money in this city."
An unknown before entering the race, Lee doesn't have a political background. He is a former police and corrections officer and said crime in the city has to come down.
"My belief is that if there's one person murdered in this city, it's too many. We have to have a zero-tolerance in crime in the city of Jacksonville," Lee said.
The father of two also wants the mayor to have a hand in education. "If the schools fail, the kids fail," Lee said.
Lee plans to amend the current charter, allowing the mayor's administration a say in school decisions. Improving education and lowering crime are key to bringing new businesses and employment opportunties to the city, he said.
First Coast News