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Early Voting; tracking COVID-19 trends; City Council candidate; sports update

Early voting begins today in Duval County to determine the races for the next mayor of Jacksonville, City Council and more.

But, what do we really know about the mayoral candidates, despite — or maybe because of — a particularly ugly campaign season? And an expensive one at that.

And what happens if no candidate gets enough votes to declare a clear-cut winner on election day?

Guest: Chris Hand, local government law attorney, author and former chief of staff for the city of Jacksonville.

Tracking COVID-19 trends

The newest Omicron strain of COVID-19 is gaining traction across the country, while many areas are still recovering from the holiday surge in infections.

Still, many Americans struggle to see COVID as an ongoing threat and are forgoing the latest vaccines.

As their immunity from past infection or vaccination wanes, they’re putting themselves at unnecessary risk for serious illness and hospitalization.

Guest: Antrell Tyson, regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Candidate Interview: Jacksonville City Council, District 11 

Jacksonville City Council seats are also at stake in the upcoming election.

Raymon Day is running in District 11 and joins the program to discuss his platform.

Guest: Raymon Day, Jacksonville City Council District 11 Candidate

Sports update

It’s the start of one of the biggest sporting events in North Florida – The Players Championship! And the Jaguars have made some headlines for all of the wrong reasons.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT News sports analyst.

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