Hazouri Elected City Council President In 16-3 Vote
Despite political pressure on his supporters, City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri, a Democrat, won election as the Council president for the 2020-21 year by a majority Republican Council.
WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports Council members voted 16-3 on May 26 to elect Hazouri after an announcement last week from Republican District 11 Council member Danny Becton that he was entering the race.
Council unanimously voted member Sam Newby as vice president-designate for the 2020-21 year.
The three Council representatives to vote for Becton — Al Ferraro of District 2, Rory Diamond of District 13 and Becton — were the only members who did not sign letters of support for Hazouri when he announced his candidacy in December.
Hazouri will be the first Democrat to hold the Council presidency in nearly 27 years, according to the Duval County Democratic Party.
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