Drama in mayoral and City Council races; millions being spent to bring UF to Jax; Monster Jam
New evidence came out this week in the City Council committee looking into mayoral candidate LeAnna Cumber’s role in the botched attempt to sell JEA.
Emails and text messages suggest that Cumber took actions as a council member that benefited a bidder her husband was advising during the attempted sale. The new evidence was submitted to the committee by Erin Isaac, who once worked with Cumber and is now communications director for Daniel Davis, who’s also running for Jacksonville mayor.
Cumber’s attorney says the emails and texts show that the JEA investigation is “more about politics than truth.”
Meanwhile, City Council candidate Charles Garrison has filed a lawsuit against fellow Democrat Nahshon Nicks and Duval Elections Supervisor Mike Hogan. Reporting from The Tributary suggests that Nicks may have violated the city charter by living outside of the residential district for the at-large seat he and Garrison are running for.
Garrison’s suit asks the court to decertify Nicks from the March 21 ballot.
Also making headlines this week:
- District 7 City Council Candidate John Phillips got into a Twitter spat with supporters of one of his opponents, Jimmy Peluso.
- Elections are already underway, but City Council District 10 candidate Ju’Coby Pittman is just now kicking off her reelection campaign.
- At least two Downtown sites are being considered for the University of Florida’s proposed Health and Financial Technology Graduate Education Center, and $50 million in city support could be up for a final City Council vote next month.
- Randy DeFoor, Jacksonville City Councilwoman.
- David Bauerlein, Florida Times-Union reporter.
- Fred Matthews, regular WJCT contributor.
- Tim Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Monster Jam returns to Jacksonville this weekend.
Guest: Tom Meents, driver of the Max-D truck.