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Ju'Coby Pittman Returning To District 8 Seat

Abukar Adan - WJCT News (left)
Pittman campaign (right)
Tameka Gaines Holly (left) and Ju'Coby Pittman

Democrat Ju'Coby Pittman has won the race for Jacksonville’s District 8 Council seat, beating Democrat Tameka Gaines Holly by 42.36% to 57.64% with all precincts counted, according to unofficial returns Tuesday night.

Pittman, a Jacksonville native, is the incumbent District 8 Councilwoman. The district serves parts of the Northwest section of the city.

Related: May 14 Election Returns

She’s on the Land Use and Zoning Committee and Rules Committee. Former Gov. Rick Scott appointed Pittman on July 12, 2018, to serve the remainder of suspended Councilwoman Katrina Brown’s term.

Pittman is CEO and president of the nonprofit Clara White Mission, which provides social and professional services to the city’s homeless. 

Pittman did not respond to invitations to be interviewed by WJCT News in advance of the May 14 runoff election.

Holly, a community activist and consultant, grew up District 8 and is president of Tamika Gaines Holly Consulting and serves as a volunteer CEO of Transforming Communities, a community revitalization organization in Northwest Jacksonville.

Related: Q & A with Tameka Gaines Holly

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.