Jacksonville elects new clerk, School Board members


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Republican Ronnie Fussell won a tight, four-way race to be the next Duval Clerk of Courts, and two newcomers will join the Duval County School Board.

Fussell, who won the Republican primary by default when a judge ruled that term limits disqualified incumbent Clerk Jim Fuller from the race, won the General Election with 48 percent of the votes -- 6,000 ahead of Democratic challenger Brenda Priestly Jackson. NPA candidate John Winkler won 5 percent.

Jacksonville voters also elected Ashley Smith Juarez and Jason Fischer to two open seats on the Duval County School Board.

Juarez defeated former City Councilwoman Suzanne Jenkins by 3,300 votes to win District 3, which covers San Marco, Lakewood and San Jose and much of the Southside.

Fischer, who was pitted against Jon Heymann after a six-way primary race in District 7, won Tuesday night by a margin of 16 percentage points. This seat represents Riverside south to the county line and across the river in Mandarin.

Duval County voters on Tuesday also elected Michelle Kalil as county judge over Rhonda Peoples-Waters.