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New poll ahead of election; voting challenges in Georgia; ‘The Eyes of Cosa’; What’s Good Wednesday

Donna Deegan and Daniel Davis
Will Brown
Donna Deegan and Daniel Davis

A new poll out this week shows Democratic candidate Donna Deegan with a substantial lead in the crowded field for Jacksonville mayor.

UNF’s polling operation finds Deegan is the choice for 37% of registered Duval County voters. Republican Daniel Davis came in second with 20%.

Guest: Mike Binder, director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Challenges to casting a ballot in Georiga

Access to the ballot continues to be an issue in Georgia.

Guest: Andrew Garber, counsel in the democracy program at the Brennan Center for Justice.

‘The Eyes of Cosa’

Grant Nielsen is a Jacksonville marketing executive, but he has just released a science fiction novel: “The Eyes of Cosa.” Grant has a book signing tonight during Art Walk.

Guest: Grant Nielsen.

What’s Good Wednesday

  • The Jacksonville Science Festival is coming up this weekend. This is the festival’s 10th year on the First Coast. It began in 2013 to inspire students and to promote science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — or STEAM. The festival is presented and sponsored by The Foundation Academy and Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  • The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Wine Tasting Gala will be tomorrow night, and tickets are still available. All proceeds support the fund’s mission of helping local families tackle childhood cancer by providing financial, emotional and practical support.
  • The Jacksonville Ultimate Women’s Expo will take place March 11-12 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Advance tickets are $5 and include makeovers, tastings, celebrity speakers, shows, seminars and more.
  • Local author Steven LaBree has a book signing at San Marco Books at 10 a.m. Saturday. He'll be signing both of his novels, “A Heart Lies Within Us” and “Cold Water Creek.”


  • Nadia Hionides, Foundation Academy principal.
  • Tia Unthank, community engagement manager for the Foundation Academy.
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