John Rutherford

U.S. House of Representatives

In the 24 hours since announcing his retirement from Congress, Northeast Florida Representative Ander Crenshaw has set off intense speculation about who will run to replace him.

But some politicians are counting themselves out of the contest.


rutherford in sheriff uniform
City of Jacksonville

Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford has been a vocal critic of Mayor Alvin Brown and a supporter of his hand-picked successor Mike Williams in the Jacksonville mayor and sheriff's races.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Public safety has emerged as a major issue in Jacksonville’s super close mayor’s race, with incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown defending his approach to this core function of government, while challenger Lenny Curry has hammered Brown’s administration on the issue of violent crime. A recent school bus shooting incident reinforced the narrative.

In particular, the Curry campaign has pounded the messaging that Brown “cut 147 police officers” from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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Calling himself the most experienced candidate in the race, Republican Mike Williams says the JSO "needs to do more" to reach out to communities in Jacksonville who don't trust or cooperate with the police.

Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

Taking a veiled swipe at the current Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer leadership, Ken Jefferson says that if he's elected sheriff he won't "govern from behind the desk."

"I want to re-introduce the Police Department back to the community," said Jefferson, the Democratic candidate in the race to replace outgoing Sheriff John Rutherford.  

"What I'm finding out from my walks and talks all over the city is that people basically see 'drive-by cops.' There's no interaction."

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

During his first appearance on First Coast Connect, Jacksonville Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt echoed statements Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford has made during his recent appearances on the program.

"I don't want to get too much into the politics of what's being discussed," said Senterfitt. "What I can tell you is that our department simply can't absorb any more (budget) cuts."

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