Charles Garrison
Available reports...
  • M9 10/12/2021
  • M10 11/10/2021
  • M11 12/10/2021
  • M12 1/10/2022
  • M1 2/10/2022
  • M2 3/10/2022
  • M3 4/11/2022
  • M4 5/10/2022
  • M5 6/10/2022
  • M6 7/11/2022
  • M7 8/10/2022
  • M8 9/12/2022

Contact Information

Address
1729 N. Market St.
Jacksonville, FL - 32206
Phone
904-866-2686
Candidate's Statement

Charles Garrison is a veteran and lifelong First Coast resident. Born in Middleburg, he was raised by working class parents; his dad a salesman and his mom a flower shop owner.

Over the last ten years, Charles has advocated for communities across Jacksonville. He began his work as a Big Brother through Duval’s Big Brother/Big Sister program. In 2015, he joined the board of directors of JASMYN, Jacksonville’s LGBTQ youth services organization, where he soon became Chair of their property board of directors. Working in the private sector, Charles oversaw and helped families find affordable housing, access to mortgages, and helped eliminate barriers to homeownership, including working with his employer to change their policy as it related to applicants with prior felony convictions. 

Charles is currently the chair of the Water Committee on Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, which he joined after serving as the previous Secretary on Jacksonville’s Housing & Community Development Commission. He also serves on the board of directors for Changing Homelessness, a local non-profit whose vision is to end homelessness. 

When Charles was in High School, he contemplated suicide. As an LGBTQ teen, he was trying to navigate who he was and what society wanted him to be. His experience during this time led him to become an advocate for mental health, the LGBTQ community, and affordable housing, since so many LGTBQ youth face homelessness.

Charles is running for Jacksonville City Council, At-Large Group 5, because he knows he can be the leader the city needs to build us forward. When Charles is not advocating for his communities, he can be found working on his 95-year-old Springfield home, spending time with his family and friends, and enjoying all Jacksonville has to offer. He currently resides with his partner, Matt, and two rescue pups, Scrappy and Bailey.

Volunteerism:

·        City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board Member, Mayoral Appointee, 2020 – Present

o   Chair, Water Committee, 2020 – Present

·        City of Jacksonville Housing & Community Development Commission Member, Mayoral Appointee, 2018 - 2020 - Elected by fellow Commission Members as Secretary, 2019-2020

·        Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN) Board Member, 2015 - Present - Elected by fellow Board Members as Secretary, 2016 - 2018

·        JASMYN Properties, Inc. Board Member, 2015 - Present - Elected by fellow Board Members as Chair, 2016 - Present - Led project team that designed and renovated 106-year-old campus building

·        Changing Homelessness Board Member, 2021 - Present

·        Big Brother to Carson, Big Brothers Big Sisters 2012 - 2017

·        Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) Member, 2015 – Present

o   Third Vice President, Sales & Marketing Council, 2020 - 2021

o   Education Committee Chair, 2018 - 2020

o   Government Affairs Committee Member, 2018 - Present

·        North Florida Urban Land Institute Member, 2019 - Present

o   Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2020 - Present

o   Center for Leadership, cohort of 2021

·        Associated Builders & Contractors, Florida East Coast Chapter, 2019 - Present

o   Governmental Affairs Committee Member, 2019 – Present

Awards & Accolades:

·        40 Under 40 - Jacksonville Business Journal, 2021

·        Emerging Leaders Program Graduate - NEFBA, 2020

·        40 Under 40 – The Jax Daily Record - Realty Builder, 2018

·        Leadership Academy Graduate - NEFAR, 2018

·        Blueprint for Leadership Graduate - HandsOn Jax, 2016


Note: The candidate's photograph and statement are supplied by the candidate and are not endorsed by the County Supervisor of Elections or checked for accuracy.
The following financial reports are available:
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$3,052.53
Candidate qualifying forms and miscellaneous documents