Joshua Hicks Accepts Forum Invitation from Atlantic Beach Preservation and the Jacksonville League of Women Voters 

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Atlantic Beach Preservation and the Jacksonville League of Women Voters – both of which are nonpartisan organizations – have invited Joshua Hicks and State Representative Cord Byrd to participate in a community forum for candidates in the race for Florida House, District 11.

Hicks accepted an invitation for the nights of September 22 and September 29 to give his opponent options to participate. For weeks, Byrd has not responded to repeated attempts by the host organizations to reach him and has not shown a willingness to engage community members in a public setting, even though he joined similar events in 2018.

Since entering the race in May 2020, Hicks has picked up major endorsements, built momentum, and steadily chipped away at Byrd’s cash on hand advantage.

Democratic candidate Joshua Hicks issued the following statement:

“I’m not afraid to engage the public, defend my vision, and discuss my plans to place people first again in District 11. It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that Cord Byrd has opted out of a public forum to engage his constituents. When you’ve spent your time in office promoting your political career and doing the bidding of powerful corporate interests at the expense of people, there isn’t a good story to tell. This is part of a larger pattern of him evading accountability for his record and actions, but he can’t hide forever. The voters in District 11 will hold him accountable on November 3.”