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In a statement at the White House on July 23, 2020, President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of 2020 Republican National Convention events in Jacksonville. Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams released this joint statement in response:
On July 15, Mayor Lenny Curry presented his sixth budget to the Jacksonville City Council via a Zoom Conference call. 
This morning, I joined Sheriff Mike Williams, State Attorney Melissa Nelson and the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition to kick off National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Jacksonville. 
Today, I stood with City Councilman Ron Salem, Daily's CEO Aubrey Edge and other community leaders to  announce a new effort to address a serious issue facing our city’s youth. 
This morning, I joined State Attorney Melissa Nelson, Sheriff MIke Williams and law enforcement professionals from throughout the country at the 2019 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Assembly of Cities conference in downtown Jacksonville. 
 
As mayor, I am privileged to lead an amazing team of City employees that are dedicated to improving our community. Recently, I joined a crew from our Right of Way & Storm water Maintenance Division to repair sidewalks in a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood. 
I was honored to join law enforcement and personnel from local organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence and support survivors in our community. And I am proud to lend my voice to this effort. 
When I took the oath of office four years ago, I made a commitment to the people of Jacksonville to do everything in my power as mayor to make Jacksonville a safer city.
In my budget address last year, I committed to ensuring that there was a rescue unit in every fire station and every community in Jacksonville. Today, I can proudly say that we achieved that goal.
 
During my first campaign for mayor, I had an impactful conversation with an 8-year-old boy on his front porch that I’ll never forget.
 
“Four years will be gone in the blink of an eye.” That was a line in the inaugural address I delivered over three years ago.
 
Few things are more enjoyable than hopping on my skateboard and riding around the block with my family. My wife, Molly, might say it’s one of the scariest for her.
 
Last Tuesday, my fourth budget was unanimously approved by my colleagues on City Council.
Public safety is my top priority, and that commitment extends to ensuring resources are provided to support the needs of every neighborhood in Jacksonville.
 
Summer is upon us. Kids are out of school, days are getting longer, and it is time for another Hurricane Season.
A solemn duty I face as mayor is the responsibility of helping our city honor our fallen heroes.
Great things are happening in Jacksonville and key people are taking notice.
Our first responders have a difficult job. They respond to tragic events and scenes – car accidents, house fires, and medical emergencies – often multiple times per day. Bearing witness to that level of trauma isn’t easy.
Every morning, I watch my kids enter the school yard. When they do, I feel a sense of safety and security because I know they are in the care of adults I trust to teach and care for them.
Jacksonville is well known for taking bold steps. That also rings true for the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD).
Every October, we gather to honor the lives and service of 22 individuals who gave their all in service to this city. I was proud to join the men and women of the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD) on Oct. 10 to pay tribute.
With two years and now our third budget behind us, Jacksonville continues to send a strong message that we are united and committed to addressing key priorities.
You can tell a lot about a people by how they respond in times of challenge. These events can be defining moments for communities. Hurricane Irma has proven, once again, that Jacksonville is a resilient city full of resilient people.

Since the start of hurricane season on June 1, we have already seen eight named storms form in the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s back-to-school time in the Curry household. A lot changes when the school bell rings, signaling the start of a new year.
Having been a CPA, I’ve long known that budgets are about priorities. You can tell a lot about what an organization cares about by how it allocates resources. 
Is your family prepared for the next storm? Do you know your evacuation zone? Is your supply kit stocked? Get the answers to these questions and make sure you’re JaxReady this hurricane season. 
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I occasionally share motivational quotes. One of my favorites is from Tony Robbins: “The path to success is to take massive determined action.”
One thing you learn as mayor going door-to-door to talk with residents: they keep it real.