City councilwoman attacked at early voting site

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Candidates using profanity, and one claiming she was even punched, are not what you'd expect at an early voting site, but that's what police say happened Monday.

It involved two women looking for seats on Jacksonville's City Council and even through the stories outlined in a police report are convincing, what happened here seems more personal than political.

The women, both pastors, are not running in the same race but have a history.

Siretta Williams, candidate for City Council District 7, told police Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels became verbally aggressive to her and others around them.

A witness told police that Daniels came out of her vehicle at the voting site and said, "I'm tired of fake a** b****** and h***," even going on to say, "I can have these b****** arrested. Do you know who I am?"

According to witnesses, a big point of contention in all of this is a chair. They said, and Daniels admitted, that she walked up to one at the voting site and put her foot on it.

Williams said it was an attempt to make her mad, but Daniels told police she put her foot on the empty chair to tie her shoe.

That's when witnesses said they heard Williams say loudly, "Tell that b**** to get her feet off the chair."

Witnesses told police Daniels then got in her car and left, but at that point the incident was far from over.

Williams told police she called her family and her brother, Theoffers Wakefield, saw Daniels in her vehicle driving away, honked his horn, walked up to her and confronted her.

Daniels told police he swung his fist toward her face so she raised her arm and he hit her, but Wakefield denied hitting Daniels saying, "I don't hit women."

According to the report she told him, "You just hit me," and he responded, "Yeah, but it's your word against mine."

News4Jax political expert Jennifer Carroll said situations like this often happen when candidates feel vulnerable. But in this case, where the candidates are not in the same race, it's a little different.

"It makes it petty. Because the person that's running for office needs to rise above the situation and show their leadership and containment," Carroll said.

Police are seeking an arrest warrant for Wakefield on one charge of felony battery of an elected official.

Daniels spokesperson said "It's an unfortunate situation, and they respect the police's right to investigation.