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Former city councilman and mayoral candidate Bill Bishop has decided he wants to return to City Hall.

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Saying Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension plan “kicks the can” down the road, former City Council presidents Bill Bishop and Stephen Joost are urging residents vote “no” in Tuesday’s election.

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Former Jacksonville City Council presidents Bill Bishop and Stephen Joost joined host Melissa Ross to discuss why they oppose Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension proposal. We also heard from tutor Michelle Kaiser about the importance of communication between a student’s parents and their teachers, and local charity Dignity U Wear has launched a new challenge to help clothe school children living in poverty.    

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.

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.


Thursday at City Hall, Republican City Councilman Bill Bishop made a surprise endorsement of incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown.

Bishop had said in a press conference shortly after the March Election he would not endorse a candidate in May’s runoff election. Today he clarified, he did not endorse a candidate until he did research to decide who he would support

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.

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He drew 17 percent of the vote in Jacksonville's First Election.

After coming in third, outgoing City Councilman Bill Bishop says he learned a lot — lessons he'll put to use in another campaign for mayor in 2019.

"There's a world of difference between running for City Council and running for mayor. And you don't really get that until you're in it," Bishop said during an appearance on 'First Coast Connect.' "We should have started much earlier in terms of building financial and infrastructure support. We won't make that mistake next time."

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We speak with Jacksonville City Councilman and former mayoral candidate Bill Bishop about his decision to endorse neither incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown nor challenger Lenny Curry in the May general election. Bishop also announced this week that he will run again for the office in 2019.

Jacksonville podiatrist Dr. Earl R. Horowitz, DPM, joins us to discuss National Foot Care Month and keys to good foot health.

We get a preview of the Amelia Community Theatre's production of "Inherit the Wind" from director Laura Swaim.

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Jacksonville mayoral candidate Bill Bishop answered callers’ questions on WJCT’s "First Coast Connect" this morning. Bishop reiterated his support for raising sales taxes.

He also voiced a position on gay marriage that’s troubling for some of his most socially liberal supporters.

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We speak with Republican Jacksonville mayoral candidate and City Councilman Bill Bishop.

Sherry JHill of the Jacksonville Museum and Cultural Center, a volunteer group that is about to open the first of several planned museum exhibits all about Jacksonville. The first exhibit will feature an interactive map of public art and gardens around the First Coast.

Walt Brinker, volunteer highway rescuer and author of the book "Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns", joins us with tips on how drivers can avoid getting stranded during spring break travels.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Jeff Billman, outgoing Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

We speak with Mike Binder and Matt Childrers of UNF’s Public Opinion Research Laboratory about their latest poll on Jacksonville's mayoral, sheriff and City Council elections. The results found that many voters are undecided as election day draws near.

CNN digital correspondent Kelly Wallace joins us to discuss her career. Wallace will be one of the featured speakers at this month's Generation W Conference.

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; John Burr, WJCT business analyst.

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The only woman running in the Jacksonville mayor’s race is Omega Allen, who is running with no party affiliation. Allen joined Melissa Ross on today’s episode of “First Coast Connect.”