2016 Elections

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Duval County voters hoping to get an advance look at their ballots might be going into the booth blind this week after the Elections Supervisor’s Office failed to mail out sample ballots on time.

Supervisor Mike Hogan told our partners News4Jax Monday the ballots were delayed because of the hurricane.

But Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, said that the delay had “nothing to do with the hurricane” and that Hogan “should own up to the mistake.”

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Dave Bruderly said when he learned as a Democrat he wouldn’t be allowed to vote in the closed 4th Congressional District Republican primary, he decided he’d run for the office.

Since then he’s been running an uphill campaign in the heavily GOP leaning district. Bruderly is a veteran and professional engineer.

Bruderly said on First Coast Connect Thursday his 25 years as a small business owner gives him a perspective Republican John Rutherford does not have.

Fifth Congressional District candidate Democrat Dave Bruderly was our guest Thursday on First Coast Connect. He spoke with host Melissa Ross about why he decided to run for Congress and the issues he’s focusing on.

In the first of our new segment “Rising Stars,” we spoke with William Hoang, 27, of TTV Architects, he is the youngest certified architect in Jacksonville. 

District 4 Republican congressional candidate John Rutherford said one of the skills he learned during his 12 years as Jacksonville sheriff was how to work with others of different beliefs to get things accomplished.  

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Florida’s District 5 Republican congressional candidate Glo Smith says more and more people are taking home less money but paying more in taxes. She wants to be their voice in Washington.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” Smith said as a former business owner, she understands the value small businesses provide to the country.  


Hunter Anderson/ James Joseph Morton campaign via Facebook

Two candidates are running to fill an open spot on Duval County’s Soil and Water Conservation Board. Hunter Anderson and James Joseph Morton are competing for the Group 2 position.

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Jacksonville voters are choosing between two fresh faces for who will represent them in state House District 13. It covers the city’s urban core and surrounding neighborhoods.

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Reggie Fullwood had to drop out of the race after he pleaded guilty to fraud charges last month.

Republican Mark Griffin faces Democrat Tracie Davis in the heavily Democratic district.

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Slot machines could soon be legal in Jacksonville, depending on what voters decide.

County Referendum No. 1 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asks whether pari-mutuel betting facilities in Duval County can install slot machines.

Trump, Clinton headshots
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This was the final time presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will meet the same stage prior to the 2016 elections.

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First Coast voters have up to nine judges on their November ballots facing the question: Should they retain their jobs?

Several appeals judges and three Florida Supreme Court justices are on the November ballot. It’s called a merit retention election.

Coffee-colored water gurgles near the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam. It flows down the Caloosahatchee River, roughly 30 miles from Fort Myers.

Boxes and stacks of wedding RSVPs crowd Kelly Bardier and Jaci Pfeiffer’s dining room in Oviedo, just outside Orlando. The couple is getting ready to tie the knot in Cocoa Beach.

“We have a wedding shower on Sunday and a wedding on October 28, so it’s crazy!” said Pfeiffer.

After they say “I do” they’ll hop on a Disney cruise with their three young boys to celebrate. They’re calling it a “familymoon.”

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida residents will have until Tuesday to register to vote, after a federal judge ordered an extension of the registration deadline because of Hurricane Matthew.

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Ken McGurn is a Vietnam veteran and said he spent years working to revitalize downtown Gainesville.

The Democrat is running in Florida’s 3rd Congressional District race against incumbent Ted Yoho.

Trump, Clinton headshots
Gage Skidmore / State Department

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.