Jay Fant

Florida House of Representatives

In the first major development of qualifying week, state Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for attorney general and will apply to become Florida’s top financial regulator.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with State Representative and Republican candidate for Attorney General Jay Fant (01:24).

UNF assistant professor of biology Dr. Mike Aspinwall told us about a recent study he participated in to examine how large trees in Australia are affected by climate change (33:08).

Researcher Dr. Jeremy Valdo told us the story of Rob the shark who was tagged by scientists and was recently tracked off the shore of Jacksonville (46:00).

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For the fourth time since the start of the legislative session, Governor Rick Scott held a roundtable Tuesday in Jacksonville defending the state’s business-incentive program.

This time the two-term Republican governor focused on the intersection of employment and education, joining Mayor Lenny Curry and leaders from the city’s largest college and university.


Florida House of Representatives

Duval County’s delegation to the state Legislature elected new leadership Wednesday. Republican Rep. Jay Fant will now serve as the delegation’s chair.

Write-in Candidate Glidden Challenges Jay Fant

Jul 6, 2016
Timothy Glidden

Rep. Jay Fant (R-Jacksonville) has attracted a challenge from write-in candidate Timothy Glidden.

Glidden describes himself as a pro-life conservative who believes strongly in religious freedom.

Peter Haden

It’s decided.

After a meticulous recount, Jay Fant won the Republican primary for the Florida House District 15 race by just two votes over opponent Paul Renner.

Renner congratulated Fant on a hard fought-win.

“I wish him every success in the State Legislature,” he said.

In Duval County School Board District 2, Sam Hall topped Theresa Graham by four votes. He will now move on to face Scott Shine in the general election in November.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland said it’s the closest races he’s witnessed.

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Two races from Tuesday night’s election are still too close to call.

Election officials expect to conduct recounts in those tight races,  the Florida House District 15 contest between Republicans Jay Fant and Paul Renner and Duval County School Board District 2, which would determine whether Sam Hall or Theresa Graham will head into a runoff election with Scott Shine.

“Recounts are rare,” said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. “ We’ve only done one in the last nine years. This is the first time we’ve had two at the same time.”

Just three votes separated candidates Jay Fant and Paul Renner in Tuesday’s bruising Republican primary for Florida House District 15.

  Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant and state attorney and Navy veteran Paul Renner are facing off in the August 26 primary.