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A Jacksonville RNC: Pros And Cons; EWC Hosting Virtual Community Conversation

FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jacksonville is a leading contender on a shortlist of cities to host part of the Republican National Convention in August.

Dean Black, Chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County and Daniel Henry, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Duval County joined us to offer two different perspectives on the RNC coming to Jacksonville. 

Related: Duval GOP Party Chair Says Decision On RNC Coming To Jax Expected 'Very, Very, Very Soon'

How the RNC Could Impact Jacksonville

Many Jacksonville citizens have voiced concerns about the safety of the convention because of COVID-19 and recent protests. Matthew Corrigan, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Jacksonville University and Chad Neilsen, Director of Accreditation & Infection Prevention at UF Health Jacksonville joined us to explain the potential impacts on Jacksonville if the convention is hosted here.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

A Community Conversation

Edward Waters College will hold a virtual event, “Where Do We Go From Here? A Community Conversation Towards Action,” June 11, 2020. Zachary Faison, President, and CEO of Edward Waters College joined us with a preview. 

Related: Watch the event on WJCT’s Facebook page.

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