Ken Jefferson

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Jefferson on law enforcement’s role in the Parkland school shooting (01:14).  

We discussed America Saves Week with Jax Federal Credit Union Chief Operating Officer Mary Svoboda (30:56).

We learned about the upcoming Jacksonville Science Festival with organizers Tia Unthank and Nadia Hionides and Eddie Whisler with the Museum of Science and History (38:54).

Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news, including the Jaguars signing a contract extension with quarterback Blake Bortles (46:00).  

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include Lenny Curry defeating incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown in Tuesday's runoff election, the results of the sheriff's and City Council races, and more.

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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.

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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."

Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

We speak with Jacksonville sheriff candidate Ken Jefferson. He will face Mike Williams in the May runoff election.

Book blogger Stacey Goldring joins us for this month's edition of the First Coast Connect Book Club. We discuss Anthony Doerr's novel "All The Light We Cannot See" and our new partnership with the Jacksonville Public Library. Stacey will join us again in April to talk about Cristina García's novel "Dreaming in Cuban". 

Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

Jacksonville Sheriff candidate Ken Jefferson is being endorsed by the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association. Jefferson made the announcement today on a Northwest Jacksonville street corner where a 16-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting last month.

He stresses the need for police to build trust in the community.  But one neighborhood man’s reaction to the news conference shows there’s a long road ahead toward that goal.