City Council District 8

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.Each of the city's 14 districts is represented by its own council member elected by voters in that district. Each candidates' party affiliation is listed on the ballot, but the city holds unitary elections, so Duval County registered voters of any party can vote for any candidate. 

District 8 stretches from the Trout River west to the Nassau County line, encompassing much of Northwest Jacksonville.

None of the five candidates in the District 8 race won 50% of the vote in the March election, so the two who won the most votes advance to the May general election:

Candidates for Jacksonville City Council District 8

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News4Jax asks each candidate for office a uniform set of questions hoping to get beyond campaign statements or media filters to help voters decide which candidate they will support. Below are the candidates' verbatim responses.

Holly Gaines HollyTameka Gaines Holly

Party affiliation: Democrat

Age: 37

Candidate's family: Husband and 3 children

Occupation: Small business owner

Education: Bachelor of Science - Florida A & M University; Master of Public Health - University of North Florida; Community Real Estate Development Certification - University of South Florida; Current Minority Fellow for Master of Public Policy - Jacksonville University

Political experience: Mayor's Prevention, Intervention and At-Risk Youth Transition Subcommittee (2015); Public Service Grant Council (PSGC, 2016); PSGC Budget Subcommittee Chair (2017)

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?
The top three issues facing the residents of District 8 are (1) Crime Prevention/Public Safety, (2) Economic and Workforce Development, and (3) Infrastructure Development.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?
I can help voters receive the resources and support to live their best life by courageously advocating for their best interests, collaboratively working with others and continuously being equipped with the right tools to effectively legislate the issues.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?
I would hope to be remembered for helping to improve the safety, quality of life and infrastructure for residents and families of District 8.

Campaign website: www.votetameka.com
Social media: FacebookTwitter

Ju'Coby Pittman Ju'Coby Pittman

Party affiliation: Democrat


Candidate's family: Two Children

Occupation: City Council and CEO/President

Education: BS, Jones Business College, Honorary Doctorate, AA, FSCJ

Political experience: Governmental Appointee Positions: Judical Nominating Commission, State Board of Agriculture, State Council on Homelessness, and Candidate for City Council

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?
•    Public Safety (Crime)- Constitutes feel unsafe in their neighborhood, which is unacceptable. Unfortunately, crime among youth have increased in the district. Based on teens personal stories and conversation with teen, there are some needs of request, that I would like to address: continued collaborations of expanding afterschool’s/weekend programs for safe havens and job training, internships and jobs in the neighborhoods that are underserved, while integrating parent incentives and job skills to sustain the challenges and barrier of family
•    Economic Development, including vocational job training, jobs, accessible grocery stores and neighborhood revitalization for a stabilize community, while building on the assets of District 8
•    Neighborhood Infrastructure-Plans to improve and ensure that funding is available for repairing roads, drainage and failing septic tanks. These are immediate concerns. Unfortunately, there has been many years of despairs and inconvenience for constituents in the district. To improve these issues, funding has been allocated to address these issues through Captal improvement projects(CIP) in this year’s budget. These issues have impacted the quality of life and inconveniences in neighborhoods. The city has an obligation to ensure funding is encumbered to repair the septic tanks that are failing. With many of the septic tanks located in the “north quadrant” of the city, the commitment via consolidation is the vehicle to ensure these septic tank problems are resolved and provide the quality of life that they desire. Also, to ensure that our tributaries are not being polluted.  Our tributaries, Trout River and Ribault  River need to be promoted as our visual asset in District 8.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?
Issues. As the incumbent City Council Member, I have had the opportunity to work with the voters of District 8 to hear what matters in the upcoming election. In addition, to hearing the voices of the homeless, veterans and ex-offenders in educating them about their social and civil rights. This population of our community is very interested in being involved with the legislative and the voting process.
As an incumbent, candidate, I’m on a mission of educating ex-offenders on the process of Restoring their Civil Rights, by implementing a get out to Vote Campaign to ensure their voices are heard and their votes are counted. If homeless individuals don’t have an address, arrangements are made for them to utilize the address of the Clara White Mission to receive their documentation from the Supervisor of Election. Upon receiving their restoration certificates and or voter’s registration cards, they can participate in the voting process of a grassroot solution of inclusion for voting.
The other candidates in the race do not have 30 years of proven experience with visible and economic results that have ROI. A vote for Ju’Coby Pittman, is a vote for accomplished leadership with an experienced visionary.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?
Remember me as a consensus builder and frontline change agent for social and economic justice by integrating legislative action, for visible, scalable and long-term sustainability in District 8.

Campaign website: www.votejucoby.com
Social media: Facebook