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Jacksonville sheriff's candidates; Melanie Patz, River Rising

All five Jacksonville sheriff's candidates joined a forum at the Istanbul Center on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
Claire Heddles
Jacksonville Today
All five Jacksonville sheriff's candidates joined a forum at the Istanbul Center on July 20, 2022.

Early voting is underway this week and turnout in this midterm election is expected to be higher than usual because voters in Jacksonville are choosing their next sheriff.

Five candidates — four Democrats and one Republican — are vying to fill the Jacksonville sheriff’s seat, following Mike Williams’ resignation this summer. All Duval voters can vote in the August sheriff’s race, regardless of party affiliation.

Unless one candidate gets more than half of the vote in August’s special election, there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates on Nov. 8.


Melanie Patz

Melanie Patz is a veteran nonprofit leader taking the helm of one of the city’s most important institutions. Patz joins the United Way of Northeast Florida as the organization's new president and CEO.

Guest: Melanie Patz, president and CEO, United Way of Northeast Florida.

River Rising

The St. Johns Riverkeeper is launching a new series of brewery conversations exploring solutions to climate change, sea level rise and the pollution problems threatening the health of our river and our communities called River Rising.

And the first event is scheduled for Thursday at Aardwolf Brewery.

Guest: Lisa Rinaman, Riverkeeper.

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Katherine Hobbs was Associate Producer of talk shows at WJCT until 2022.