His Twitter name is Alvin Brown. His Twitter handle is @jaxmayorbrown. His Twitter profile photo is of Mayor Alvin Brown. He posts about budget matters, City Council members and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. He has more than 1,100 die-hard followers. But the person behind @jaxmayorbrown is not the Mayor Alvin Brown.
Affectionately referred to as "the fake mayor" around town, @jaxmayorbrown pokes fun at the real mayor and city government in general through his witty tweets. One of the most interesting aspects of this parody account is the fact that only a handful of people know the person behind it (and, no, I am not one of them).
Though his real identity remains a mystery (we do know he's a him), the fake mayor did agree to an exclusive interview with The Specktator — via e-mail, of course.
What are the most pressing issues facing our city?
How to reach the next level. How to become more effective and efficient.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about Jacksonville — by residents and the rest of the country?
Misconception? Hold on … let me grab my dictionary.
What do you consider the most significant barrier to Jacksonville's growth and becoming a world-class city?
Mayor Brown doesn't see barriers, only opportunities.
Why did you choose to make such a big investment in Downtown?
In order to reach the next level, we need a vibrant downtown. One that is a destination, not a pass-through.
Do you plan to run for re-election?
I thought I was mayor for life. Is that not the case?
Would you consider running for governor?
I fully expect a "draft Mayor Brown" movement. What Floridian doesn't want to take our state to the next level?
Any interest in applying for the pope gig?
Catholics from all over the world have asked me to throw my mitre in the ring. Naturally, they want to take their church to the next level.
What's with all of the sports events coming to town … More