Republican Jody Phillips will succeed term-limited GOP incumbent Ronnie Fussell as the next Duval County Clerk of Courts.
Phillips, chief operating officer of the clerk’s office, defeated Democratic challenger Jimmy Midyette, an attorney and civil rights activist, in the Nov. 3 general election, WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reported.
According to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections unofficial vote total, Phillips won 51.47% to 48.53% for Midyette.
Phillips won a three-way primary contest for the GOP nomination Aug. 18, receiving 57.7% of the vote over former City Council President Scott Wilson at 31.4%. Clerk’s office employee Leon Jackson finished third in that contest with 10.9%.
Midyette, formerly with Luna Law Firm, helped lead the 2012 push to expand Jacksonville’s human rights ordinance to include protections for the LGBTQ community.
Phillips is a former Middleburg postmaster and had a 25-year career in the highway construction business before joining the clerk’s office after Fussell was elected in 2013. Phillips has been COO for the past three years.
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