Surrounded by friends, family and supporters, St. Johns County Commission District 4 candidate Erika Alba hosted a reception last Tuesday, May 22 in support of her campaign at 3 Palms Grille in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Alba, a Republican, is one of six candidates vying for the District 4 seat this year, following current Commissioner Jay Morris’ announcement that he will not seek reelection. A political law and nonprofit attorney and former criminal prosecutor, Alba said her reasons for running are rooted in her passion for St. Johns County.
“I’m running for St. Johns County Commission because I love this place, I love this community; and I’m enjoying having a bunch of friends and supporters out here tonight,” Alba said.
The reception, which included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, came in the wake of the May 21 County Commission debate hosted by the Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition. There, Alba had the opportunity to share her platform and views on key issues.
“I believe we need to do a forensic audit of the county’s finances,” she said at the debate. “Only when we agree on where we are can we decide where we need to go. I think we need to create a beach nourishment program — our beaches are a mess. … And I really think we need to increase our commercial development. We are so heavy on residential; we need to focus on commercial.”
Even with the first debate now behind her and the next not scheduled until July 16 (to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall), Alba said she has no intention of dropping the ball any time soon, stating: “The (primary) election’s a little over three months away, so we’re ramping it up and getting ready.”