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Outgoing UNF President John Delaney Eyeing Potential Run for State Legislature

Univ. of North Florida

UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is not ruling out another run for office as he steps down this May from his tenure leading the university.

"It would probably be something local - maybe the state legislature, either the state House or Senate. I'll just see what happens," Delaney said during an appearance on WJCT's First Coast Connect.

Delaney, who has served as UNF's president since 2003, is touting a record of fundraising success and academic achievement and expansion at the school during his 15 years in the position.

Prior to joining academia, he also served two terms as a popular mayor, spearheading passage of the city's Better Jacksonville Plan.

"Politics is really about luck and timing," he said. "And I would wait for one of those seats to open up before jumping in. But really, the rule in politics is never say never."

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.