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Duval County Canvassing Board; Omarosa; What's Good Wednesdays

Jessica Palombo/WJCT News
Duval's Supervisor of Elections Office


The Duval County Canvassing Board is under fire this week.

It’s a three-member board of local public officials in charge of processing and counting ballots in the upcoming election.  However WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reports the board runs the risk of sacrificing its work if it keeps violating Florida’s Sunshine Law, which First Amendment experts say  could delay Florida’s election results.

Andrew Pantazi, a reporter covering the story for the Florida Times-Union and Brad Ashwell, the Florida director of All Voting is Local, joined us with more information.  

Related: Latest Election News Here


She’s a former The Apprentice TV star, Trump White House aide, and now an author. Omarosa Manigault Newman currently lives in Jacksonville with her husband and is now speaking out about the election. She sat down for a conversation with us about it and her new book, Unhinged; An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.  

She is Fierce

There’s a special She is Fierce Women’s Wednesdays cocktail event you can Zoom into right from your own home tonight, Oct. 28.  The featured speakers are Melissa Hardwick, VP of Acosta, and Donna Marathon founder and political candidate Donna Deegan.  We spoke to both of them.  

What’s Good Wednesdays

This week’s What's Good Wednesdays included:

  • The local wildlife sanctuary Catty Shack Ranch has scaled back its original plans for a “Halloween Haunted Forest” at the ranch, but will still have costume contests and some other fun family activities during the day only on October 31.  Executive director Curt LoGiudice shared some details.  
  • Chef Kenny Gilbert and wife Anna are in the final stages of preparing to open their first upscale fast casual restaurant, Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar. The fresh concept will feature chicken, biscuits, champagne and sparkling cocktails. It will be located at 1602 Walnut Street (site of the former Bleu Chocolat) in Historic Springfield.

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