JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – City Council has five at-large seats that are elected citywide. Each of the city's 14 individual districts is also represented by a 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.
If no candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the March election, the two candidates with the most votes will appear on the ballot in the May general election.
Incumbent Tommy Hazouri got the most votes in March but didn't break the 50% threshold to win the Group 3 seat.
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.
Party affiliation: Dem
Candidate's family: Carol (wife) Tommy (son)
Occupation: Retired Councilman Group 3 At-Large
Education: BA History/Government JU
Political experience: State Representative, Mayor, School Board Member, City Council
What do you see as the top three issues in this race?
Crime- prevention and intervention.
Economic Development downtown and throughout the city.
Affordable Housing and the Homeless.
How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?
I believe I have demonstrated by leadership and experience in every elected public office in which I was honored to have served. I understand the issues and know how to solve them.
What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?
Providing more affordable housing. Seriously addressing the homeless.
Intervention and prevention of crime.
Development of downtown and city of Jacksonville.
This candidate has not responded to the News4Jax survey.
Party affiliation: Republican
Campaign website: None found
Social media: Facebook