2015 Jacksonville City Elections

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Early voting in Jacksonville’s runoff elections is now underway ahead of Election Day, May 14.

District 10 City Council Democratic candidate Celestine Mills is a prosthetic coordinator at One Call Care Management, a workers’ compensation company that helps injured patients get prosthetics.

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Updated 7/18 at 2:15 p.m. 

Two weeks into his presidency, Aaron Bowman has established a “Historical Remembrance” committee and picked the seven Jacksonville City Council members who will serve on it.

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Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning at the Times-Union Center.

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Lenny Curry’s win in Jacksonville’s mayoral election has Floridians talking about the upcoming presidential race in 2016.

During an appearance on WJCT's First Coast Connect, Susan MacManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida, discussed Florida’s role and some of the important factors for the presidential race.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include Lenny Curry defeating incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown in Tuesday's runoff election, the results of the sheriff's and City Council races, and more.

You can subscribe to the First Coast Connect podcast in iTunes.  

Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
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In addition to electing a new mayor, sheriff and several city council members, Duval County voters also approved two referenda amending Jacksonville’s charter.

The first affects the city’s attorney or general counsel.

Not only does it list specific qualifications for the position, it also dilutes the mayor’s control of the office by giving the City Council the power to fire an attorney.

Rick Mullaney, Director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University, says the change could help eliminate the perception of favoritism.

Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry narrowly edged incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown with just over 51 percent of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral election. We discuss the results of all of the city races with A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist, and Marcella Washington, FSCJ professor of political science.

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Republican Mike Williams is Jacksonville’s new sheriff. He edged out Democrat Ken Jefferson with over 51 percent of the vote Tuesday. Williams says he looks forward to working with the new City Council and Mayor-elect Lenny Curry.

Williams said, “I pledge to the citizens of this community that our financial affairs will be transparent and to you I pledge my complete cooperation as we work to restore the city’s priority to public safety. And hold ourselves, all of us, accountable to our taxpayers.”

As voters cast their ballots for mayor, sheriff and City Council seats, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland joins us with an update about voter turnout in this election.

The polls in the Duval General Election opened at 7 this morning. 

If you're headed to the polls today, make sure to bring your ID with you. The line for the polls close at 7 p.m.

In this General Election, if any candidate in a race receives more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she wins the election. 

Duval Elections Supervisor building
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Jacksonville’s city elections are almost upon us. Voters will have their last chance to cast ballots Tuesday.

Duval County Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland says there are a few key things to keep in mind as you head to the polls.

“Make sure you know where your correct precinct is. Bring your sample ballot filled out; you know what you’re going to be seeing,” Holland said. “Also, bring one of the 9-forms of ID — most common is the driver’s license. But again, it doesn’t prevent you from voting provisional if you don’t have an ID.”

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Public safety has emerged as a major issue in Jacksonville’s super close mayor’s race, with incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown defending his approach to this core function of government, while challenger Lenny Curry has hammered Brown’s administration on the issue of violent crime. A recent school bus shooting incident reinforced the narrative.

In particular, the Curry campaign has pounded the messaging that Brown “cut 147 police officers” from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

After strong early voting over the weekend, the candidates for Jacksonville mayor have one day left to make their case. We hear from incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown and challenger Lenny Curry. Then UNF political scientist Matt Corrigan joins us with analysis of Tuesday's elections and a look at the wide range of factors that can affect voter turnout.

Former Jacksonville mayor John Peyton joins us to discuss his decision to endorse Lenny Curry in the 2015 mayoral race.

The we look at the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Nate Monroe, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and John Burr, WJCT business analyst.

Topics include the 2015 local elections, a standoff between Gov. Rick Scott and the federal government over health care funding, and more.

With just a few days left until Jacksonville’s runoff election, the endorsements are flying in the city’s mayor’s race. Incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown and challenger Lenny Curry are in a fight to the finish in what’s expected to be a close election. Earlier this week, former mayor John Delaney joined us to explain why he has decided to endorse Mr. Curry. Today we welcome high-profile supporter of Alvin Brown, Jacksonville author, historian and activist Wayne Wood.

Incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown and challenger Lenny Curry are in the home stretch leading into next Tuesday’s election. Last night the two held the second of three debates. Early voting is underway, and the endorsements are flying fast and furious on both sides. We speak with former Jacksonville mayor and current University of North Florida president John Delaney about his decision to endorse Lenny Curry.

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Democratic incumbent mayor Alvin Brown and Republican mayoral challenger Lenny Curry went head to head Monday night in the second of three candidate debates, this one sponsored by First Coast News, the Florida Times-Union and WJCT.

First Coast News Anchor and debate moderator Shannon Ogden used the first question of the evening to set the tone of the hour-long event, which he promised at the outset would be a different kind of debate.

Ogden asked, "Who will you vote for for sheriff? Mr. Curry, two-word answer only."

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Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner joined Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Congressman Cedric Richmond and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown at a “Get out the vote” rally Friday afternoon.

Joyner, whose morning show airs locally on HOT 106.5 FM, called on the crowd to reach out to their friends and family to re-elect the current mayor, even inviting supporters to pass him their cell phones so he could speak to potential voters directly.

According to a legal opinion released from the city’s Office of General Counsel this week, the signs on the exterior of Veterans Memorial Arena advertising the Hunt, Green & James law firm violate the city's charter and state laws. We speak with Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Bishop, who introduced legislation involving this earlier this year.

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With the Jacksonville city elections less than two weeks away, the issues affecting our community are on the forefront of many residents’ minds.

TEDxJacksonville is hosting a conference this weekend at Hemming Park showing TED talks that highlight innovations and best practices to overcoming challenges like the ones faced in Jacksonville. At least one city councilwoman and five city council candidates will be in attendance.

First Coast News

Who will be Jacksonville’s next sheriff? 

Tonight at 7 on 89.9 FM and online here at wjctnews.org, WJCT teams up with First Coast News and the Florida Times-Union to present the Jacksonville Sheriff Debate.

Candidates Ken Jefferson and Mike Williams answer questions from a panel of local reporters, including WJCT’s own Peter Haden.

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Early voting began Monday in Jacksonville city elections.

African-American pastors held a get-out-the-vote rally at an early-voting location on the city’s Northside.

Residents can transform Jacksonville — socially, spiritually and economically — if they go to the polls and vote.

That’s the message a group of Baptist Ministers from around the First Coast are trying to drive home.

Duval Baptist Ministers Conference President Darien Bolden says economic, education and criminal justice policies have been unfair toward African-Americans in Jacksonville.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Topher Sanders, Florida Times-Union reporter; AG Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and WJCT business analyst John Burr.

Topics include former candidate Bill Bishop endorsing incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown in Jacksonville's mayoral election, a state investigation of a local dentist over allegations of child abuse, and more.

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Democratic Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown joined the owner of an Avondale restaurant Friday to voice support for increasing the minimum wage.

Ian Chase owns Fox Restaurant. Chase and Brown told reporters they support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, saying it would lead to thousands of new jobs in Florida.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida-Times Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and Staci Spanos, WJXT anchor.

Topics include the 2015 Jacksonville mayoral race, UNF president and former mayor John Delaney endorsing candidate Lenny Curry, Mayor Alvin Brown ordering a review of the city's discrimination prevention laws, and more.

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Former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney endorsed Republican Lenny Curry for mayor Wednesday. Delaney, a Republican, also attacked Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown saying Brown lacks leadership and called Brown’s budget proposals “as mythical as a fairytale.”

Delaney said, “We have a candidate in Lenny Curry who brings a freshness, a sunniness, business acumen, and a perspective that this city needs.”

“I have absolute confidence that we have a leader in Lenny,” he said.

UPDATED: 4:53 p.m. with comment from Alvin Brown's campaign.

An email mistakenly sent out from the campaign of Bill Bishop for Mayor caused confusion today by appearing to say Bishop is endorsing Mayor Alvin Brown for reelection.

Rob and Jill Storey, who ran Bishop’s campaign, say they meant to send out the endorsement from their advertising firm, RLS Group. But instead an email blast went out with “Bill Bishop for Mayor” in the sender line. The Storeys now work for the Alvin Brown campaign.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and John Burr, WJCT business analyst.

Topics include the competing bids to revamp Jacksonville's Shipyards property, updates in the city's mayoral race and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.


Jacksonville residents will have a chance to hear directly from the candidates running to represent them on the City Council.

On Monday, April 20, the Jacksonville Public Library Board of Library Trustees and the League of Women Voters of Jacksonville First Coast are hosting debates and candidate meet-and-greets at four library locations.

The debates will be moderated by Melissa Ross and Karen Feagins of WJCT, Frank Denton, Florida Times-Union editor, and Ken Amaro of First Coast News. WJCT is a sponsor of the debates.

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A bipartisan gathering of female supporters endorsed incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown for re-election Thursday.

The group included former WNBA President and Generation W founder Donna Orender and Brown's former Chief Administrative Officer Karen Bowling.

Brown thanked the women for their support.