Dave Bruderly

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Dave Bruderly said when he learned as a Democrat he wouldn’t be allowed to vote in the closed 4th Congressional District Republican primary, he decided he’d run for the office.

Since then he’s been running an uphill campaign in the heavily GOP leaning district. Bruderly is a veteran and professional engineer.

Bruderly said on First Coast Connect Thursday his 25 years as a small business owner gives him a perspective Republican John Rutherford does not have.

Fifth Congressional District candidate Democrat Dave Bruderly was our guest Thursday on First Coast Connect. He spoke with host Melissa Ross about why he decided to run for Congress and the issues he’s focusing on.

In the first of our new segment “Rising Stars,” we spoke with William Hoang, 27, of TTV Architects, he is the youngest certified architect in Jacksonville. 


For the 10th year, businesses and conservationists intersected at the city of Jacksonville’s environmental symposium Friday.

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Candidates for several Northeast Florida offices gathered in the basement of a downtown Jacksonville church Thursday to talk about addressing homelessness.

For just over an hour, five Democrats and one Republican traded ideas and answered questions from members of the group Changing Homelessness.


Dave Bruderly

The Democratic National Convention heads into day two Tuesday, following a series of rousing speeches designed to unify the party after a fractious first day.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders closed out the convention’s first night with a forceful plea for his supporters to get behind nominee Hillary Clinton.

Can the Democrats unite behind the common goal of beating Donald Trump?