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1/14/19: Mayoral Candidate Anna Lopez Brosche; PBS’s The Swamp; Cole Pepper

Heather Schatz
Jacksonville Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Anna Lopez Brosche outside of Studio 5.

After months of speculation about whether she’d run, At-Large City Councilwoman and past Council President Anna Lopez Brosche entered Jacksonville’s Mayoral race to challenge incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry - a fellow Republican – on Friday. At her campaign kickoff event, Brosche called for more transparency in city government, a stronger focus on public safety and an end to what she says is bullying and cronyism at City Hall. Councilwoman Brosche joined us to explain why.

Editor's Note: WJCT News has also extended an invitation to Mayor Lenny Curry to appear on First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross.

PBS’s The Swamp

Florida takes center stage in The Swamp, a new episode of PBS’s American Experience devoted to the Florida Everglades. It premieres on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 9:00 p.m. on WJCT-TV 7.1 and Comcast 8 & 440. Leslie Poole, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College who appears in the documentary, joined us with a preview.

Related: Watch The Swamp trailer

Cole Pepper

The conference championship games are now set in the NFL playoffs. Cole Pepper joined us with a look at what we can expect when the New England Patriots play the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints play the Los Angeles Rams.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?