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Kevin Carrico Wins District 4 Council Seat Against Nicole Hamm

Kevin Carrico and Nicole Hamm
Carrico and Hamm campaigns
Kevin Carrico and Nicole Hamm

Republican Kevin Carrico has been elected to the Jacksonville City Council District 4 seat, defeating Democrat Nicole Hamm 53.45% to 46.55% with 100% of District 4's precincts reporting.

Carrico, the vice president of operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, ran on what he called “common sense leadership,” with crime prevention and intervention, education, and supporting small business the hallmarks of his campaign.

A special election was needed in District 4 because the seat is being vacated by former City Council President Scott Wilson, who launched a failed campaign to become the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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Hamm had headed into the general election in a strong position after winning the primary contest with 43.05% of the vote, compared Carrico’s 33.54%. But Carrico’s fundraising far outpaced Hamm’s.

As of Oct. 21, Carrico had raised more than $132,000, compared to Hamm's less than $57,000 in the home stretch of the campaign, according to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.

Hamm had campaigned on her private sector accounting background and her status as a District 4 native.

Carrico also racked up a list of endorsements that include Sheriff Mike Williams, the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police, Jacksonville Association of Firefighters and others.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org 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.