JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Westside truck driver wants to steer the city of Jacksonville in a new direction.
David Crosby is a retired Navy master chief, who served at Cecil Field, and now drives a flatbed truck during the week while taking care of his elderly mother at his long-time Westside home.
Crosby knows he doesn't look or talk like the average mayoral candidate. He has long blondish-brown hair that falls past his shoulders, but is usually pulled back in a ponytail. He also has a full moustache, long sideburns and wears a cowboy hat and boots.
But Crosby said he is ready for business, and has been making it a point to squeeze in as many mayoral candidate forums in between his trucking gigs. "The very first (candidate forum), I gotta tell you, I was real nervous," said Crosby.
However, Crosby said those nerves are long gone, and he is quick to the point out why he should be mayor. "The way (the city of Jacksonville) handle(s) our money is ridiculous."
There is rampant wasteful spending at city hall, starting with the mayor's pay, he said. "The first thing that I would do as mayor is I would reduce the mayor's pay by 20 percent and that would pay one policeman or one teacher, just that one," Crosby said.
The city needs even more cuts, like stopping unnecessary street projects, he said. "If we were in a good economy in a prosperous time, I wouldn't be running," said Crosby.
He knows more about balancing a budget than most would think, Crosby said. Keeping a tight budget at Cecil Field before it closed was his top priority.
"Running an F-18 squadron with 12 aircraft, $36 million a piece, 20 pilots and 175 hard working sailors, I gotta worry about fuel, parts, everything."
So now Crosby wants to worry about a new crew: the people of Jacksonville and said he is ready to leave his life on the road to help lead the River City.
First Coast News