JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — Today, Jacksonville City Council Member LeAnna Gutierrez Cumber announced her endorsement by Duval County School Board District 2 Member April Carney.
“As a former public school teacher, LeAnna understands the important connection between educating our youth, a thriving economy, and a reduction in crime rates,” said Carney. “Our city deserves a Mayor that recognizes this relationship and is willing to be an active partner with DCPS to help improve public education for all of Jacksonville’s students.”
“Her commitment to parental rights, school choice, support for teachers, and her insistence on evidence-based solutions, makes her by far, the best candidate for Mayor. I am proud to stand by a strong conservative woman who has the ability to take us over the finish line in May. I fully endorse her candidacy,” Carney added.
Carney, a business owner, nutrition coach, and a newcomer to Jacksonville politics was endorsed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in her candidacy for Duval County School Board, where she was recently elected.
“Duval County’s Third Grade reading scores have fallen from 60% to 47% in the last six years. We must redouble our efforts to provide every child in every corner of our city the ability to succeed,” Cumber said. “We must work together to provide children with the best education possible. April will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the educational conversation. I’m humbled to have her support.”
Cumber also announced her recent signing of the Moms For Liberty pledge, which reads:
“I pledge to honor the fundamental rights of parents including, but not limited to, the right to direct the education, medical care, and moral upbringing of their children. I pledge to advance policies that strengthen parental involvement and decision-making, increase transparency, defend against government overreach, and secure parental rights at all levels of government.”
Cumber has previously earned the high-profile endorsements of Duval Property Appraiser Jerry Holland, Jacksonville Council Member Randy DeFoor, Baldwin Mayor Sean Lynch, the Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, several former Jacksonville City Council Presidents, and several faith leaders in Duval County.