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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

3/29/2018: Andrew Gillum; Jay Solomon; Mandarin Art Fair

Kevin Meerschaert

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Andrew Gillum (01:17).

Our periodic commentator Jay Solomon spoke about the controversy around removing Confederate monuments on the First Coast (39:57).

We heard about this weekend’s Mandarin Art Festival with Show Manager Krysten Bennett (46:00).

Andrew Gillum

He’s the outgoing Mayor of Tallahassee and one of four major candidates running to win the Democratic nomination to be Governor of Florida.

Andrew Gillum is embracing the Bernie Sanders wing of the party and has been attracting large, enthusiastic crowds.

But there have been questions about a grand jury investigation into possible corruption at City Hall under his watch. Gillum himself has not been under investigation.

Recent polls have shown most voters are undecided on a candidate in both the Democratic and Republican parties, with most not knowing who the candidates are. So they are all going to have to work to get their message out in time for the August 28 primary.         

Jay Solomon

Arguments continue to rage on over whether to remove all those Confederate statues and memorials in our area.

Our occasional commentator Jay Solomon finds himself with a new point of view on the issue. He explains, in this edition of With All Due Respect.

Mandarin Art Festival

It’s the longest running festival of its kind anywhere in Jacksonville and it’s happening this Easter weekend.

The Mandarin Art Festival will be Saturday and Sunday as dozens of local and national artists exhibit their work at the Mandarin Community Club.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.