Florida 5th Congressional Distrct

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The Democratic primary race in Florida’s 5th Congressional District officially got underway this week as incumbent Al Lawson and former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown both qualified to be on the August ballot.

Both candidates had already been taking shots at each other on the campaign trail.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Florida’s District 5 Republican congressional candidate Glo Smith says more and more people are taking home less money but paying more in taxes. She wants to be their voice in Washington.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” Smith said as a former business owner, she understands the value small businesses provide to the country.  

 

With Election Day just two weeks away and early voting already underway in Northeast Florida, host Melissa Ross was joined by 5th Congressional District candidate Republican Glo Smith. We also heard from Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church pastor Kyle Reese and Baptist Behavioral Health administrator Dr. Ellen Williams about the upcoming Faith and Mental Health Conference. Ross spoke to Squirrel Nut Zippers band leader Jimbo Mathis on the band’s Tuesday night concert at the Ritz Theatre, and students from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, along with director David Loudermilk, talked about their upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Parade.”  


          

Kevin Meerschaert

Florida Politics and Folio Weekly writer A.G. Gancarski talked with Melissa Ross Tuesday about next week’s primary election. Tobacco Free Florida has a new program to help people quit smoking, WJCT-TV is helping teens become successful adults and it’s time for “Wine, Women and Shoes” to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. 

 

Our Friday Media Roundtable discusses this week’s political debates, there’s an upcoming fundraiser for Nemours Children’s Hospital and comedian Pablo Francisco stops by First Coast Connect.