Brenda Priestly Jackson

Brenda Priestly Jackson speaking to a crowd with other members of the city and state government standing behind her at the entrance of City Hall.
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The Jacksonville City Council’s Social Justice and Community Investment Committee is outlining potential projects to work on with its more than $2 million in funding.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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In a rare move, Tuesday’s City Council meeting saw City Councilman Matt Carlucci set a motion to appeal the decision of Acting Council President Sam Newby over the placement of four bills in certain committees.

Rodney Hurst speaking on a platform, with a picture of the young black demonstrators in the background, the podium that Hurst is speaking on has flowers in front of it.
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Civil Rights activists, community leaders and Jacksonville City Council members attended a gathering Thursday in what is now called James Weldon Johnson Park right outside of City Hall to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday. 

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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Meeting for the third time since it’s June inception, Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Social Justice and Community Investment spoke at length about potential action items to create racial equity and more economic development in Jacksonville’s underserved communities. 

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry gave his reasoning for a countywide mask mandate Wednesday afternoon. 

Mayor Lenny Curry walking in a crowd of people down the street toward the Duval County Courthouse.
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As Jacksonville officials look for answers and policy changes to address local racial inequality issues, the City Council is forming a new Social Justice and Community Investment Committee.


Jacksonville District 10 City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson is among those weighing in the protests and outbreaks of violence in Jacksonville and cities across the country.

A woman passes a bag of groceries through the passenger side window of a vehicle.
Farm Share

Several local elected officials, with help from Farm Share, will get together and host a free food drive-through in Jacksonville on Saturday to help families in need get through the coronavirus pandemic.

Jackson campaign (left) and Abukar Adan/WJCT News (right)

Democrat Brenda Priestly Jackson has won the race for Jacksonville’s District 10 Council seat, beating Democrat Celestine Mills by 65.26% to 43.74% with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial tallies Tuesday night.

Jackson will serve residents of parts of Northwest Jacksonville.

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With less than a month to go before the May 14 runoff election, WJCT is profiling the candidates in the 5 City Council races.

Brenda Priestly Jackson and Terrance Freeman.
Brenda Priestly Jackson's Facebook page and the Florida Times-Union

Brenda Priestly Jackson has filed to run for City Council District 10, shortly after asking a judge to reconsider the dismissal of her lawsuit challenging current District 10 Councilman Terrance Freeman’s appointment by Governor Rick Scott.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect  featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, The Victory’s Jax Engage radio host Angela Spears, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

Topics discussed included:

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A lawyer and resident of Jacksonville’s Northside is asking a Duval County judge for emergency relief in her lawsuit against Florida Governor Rick Scott and newly-minted District 10 Councilman Terrance Freeman.