Who’s who: 20 candidates running in special election for US Senate seat in Georgia
He has never held public office. Campaign website: dougforgeorgia.comJohn Fortuin - Green PartyA property manager with over 20 years in computer programming and analysis, John Fortuin has never held public office. Campaign website: graysonforga.com | Background: ballotpedia.org/Derrick_GraysonMichael Todd Greene - independentA former educator and resident of Mableton, Greene has never held public office. Campaign website: johnsonsenate.comTamara Johnson-Shealey - DemocratA businesswoman hailing from Gwinnett County, Johnson-Shealey previously ran for Georgia Senate in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Brian Kemp, Kelly Loeffler lives in Atlanta with husband Jeffrey Sprecher.
Clay County community development districts
Several elected positions on designated community development districts will be on the ballots for some residents of Clay County in November:Crossings at Fleming Island Community Development District (three seats)Double Branch Community Development District (three seats)Fleming Island Plantation Community Development District (two seats)Lake Asbury Lake Asbury Municipal Service Benefit District (five seats)Lake Asbury Community Development District (two seats)Magnolia West Community Development District (two seats)Middle Village Community Development District (two seats)Ridgewood Trails Community Development DistrictRolling Hills Community Development District (two seats)South Village Community Development District (two seats)Office: South Village Community Development DistrictPine Ridge Plantation Community Development District (three seats)
Florida Supreme Court, Court of Appeals retention
Florida law requires Florida Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges to be placed on the ballot in nonpartisan elections every six years so voters can determine whether they should remain on their courts for another six-year term. These are called “merit retention” elections. This year, one Supreme Court justice and 24 appeals court judges will be on the ballot, including five in the First District -- which includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Hamilton, Nassau, Okaloosa, and Union counties, -- and the Fifth District -- which covers Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Florida District Courts of Appeal mapVoters are being asked whether or not to retain:Justice of the Supreme CourtCarlos G. MunizFirst District Court of AppealJoseph Lewis Jr. | Scott Makar | Rachel Nordby | Tim Osterhaus | Clay Roberts | Adam S. TanenbaumFifth District Court of AppealKerry I. Evander | Jamie Grosshans | John M. Harris | Richard B. Orfinger | Meredith Sasso | F. Rand WallisThese jurists don’t campaign for retention, but biographical information about them is compiled by The Florida Bar.
Jacksonville City Council, District 4
I truly care about this city and its residents and will serve them responsibly and passionately. I want to leave the District and the City in a better place than it was when I'm sworn in. COVID-19 presents a unique set of circumstances that will challenge our Nation and our City to ensure the safety of its citizens. I would hope to be remembered as someone that was truly for the people of this district and city. We must make Jacksonville a city for ALL people and acknowledge where we have fallen short.
Florida’s 3rd Congressional District
How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? I am the only candidate with the experience necessary to hit the ground running in DC. I would like to be remembered for being a true representative of the people of Florida's third congressional district. I believe that I am uniquely suited to help voters because of my capacity to empathize with constituents. Like all districts, Florida’s 3rd Congressional District is deserving of a representative in office that will speak and act for the best interests of the majority of its people.
Florida’s 4th Congressional District
Democrat Donna Deegan and Republican John Rutherford (WJXT)News4Jax’s 4th Congressional District debate: WATCH | RECAP | TRUST INDEXScroll down to read each candidate’s responses to News4Jax’s questionnaire, presented verbatim as submitted.,Donna DeeganParty affiliation: DemocratAge: 59Candidate’s family: Tim Deegan, husband. I also believe people deserve to feel safe when they go to work or school or church. The large majority of Americans of all parties (93 percent in a Fox News poll) believe we need universal background checks. I love to talk with people, listen to their ideas and struggles face to face. I miss those face to face meeting we have had with hundreds of constituents and the “work alongs” with scores of businesses.
Florida’s 5th Congressional District
Gary AdlerParty: RepublicanAge: (no answer)Candidate’s family: (no answer)Occupation: Business OwnerEducation: Jacksonville University, GraduatePolitical experience: Local Community involved volunteer / leaderWhat do you see as the top three issues in this race? To fast track the ability to help those struggling financially, with assistance in funding , food/ supplies and safety . We must ensure we are inclusive when we are asking for justice — women lives, trans lives— they must matter as well. COVID-19 cases are spiking drastically, threatening the lives and jobs of many in our community. We have more work to do, and our assistance is needed to help Americans cope with this crisis.
Florida’s 6th Congressional District
We need to require that every interaction with any person must be recorded by a working body cam. All video of claims of negative interaction between the police and citizens will be made immediately available to ALL interested parties. I am an attorney and candidate for US Congress in Floridas 6th district. The same would be true for all payments such as mortgage payments, credit cards or any other payment. A great man once said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Nassau County superintendent of schools
One of only two countywide race on the ballot is superintendent of schools, where incumbent Kathy Burns is being challenged by to fellow Republicans: Dale Braddock and Albert Wagner. To be a fair and honest educator who always made decisions with the welfare of the students and teachers foremost. As an educator who taught in Nassau County, I had the opportunity to see the inner workings of the school district as a parent and a teacher. After my tenure as Superintendent, I would hope to be remembered as the Superintendent who transformed classroom education. COVID-19 offers distinct challenges to every school district.
Voters Guide: Alachua County races
Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell is being challenged by Clovis Watson Jr. in the August Democratic primary. There is no Republican in the race but a write-in candidate in November keeps the primary closed to only party voters. A write-in candidate will keep this primary race also closed. Two city council races will also be on the Democratic ballot, both facing Republican candidates that will be on the November ballot. Visit the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office for more about the candidates running and a sample ballot for the August primary.
7th Judicial Circuit judges
Ten Circuit judges in the 7th Judicial Circuit are returning to the bench without opposition, but three will appear on the ballot of voters in St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties. 7th Judicial Circuit Judge - Group 6Anna HandyParty affiliation: Non-PartisanAge: 36Candidate’s family: Spouse and 2 childrenOccupation: AttorneyEducation: Juris Doctor DegreePolitical experience: NoneWhat do you see as the top three issues in this race? I have over thirty years of legal experience, including the past 5 ½ years as a Circuit Judge. I avow and commit to perform my duties as a Circuit Judge impartially, with integrity, civility & fairness to all litigants and participants. As the incumbent Circuit Judge for Group 27, I have had the privilege of managing a Unified Family Court docket for the citizens of the Seventh Circuit.
Nassau County judge, other races
Janet Adkins was elected in a three-way Republican primary for supervisor of elections, an office being vacated by Vicki Cannon. In the general election, Nassau County voters will complete electing a new county judge, fill two seats on the Ocean Highway and Port Authority. Also on the ballot for Nassau County voters are races for the Soil and Water Conservation District, Fernandina Beach, Callahan and Hilliard commissions, referendums in Fernandina Beach and Hillard and a community development for those living in Amelia Concourse. NASSAU COUNTY JUDGE, Group 1Jenny Higginbotham BarrettParty affiliation: NonpartisanAge: 43Candidate’s family: Husband, Scott Barrett Max (7) and Isabella (6)Occupation: attorneyEducation: University of North Florida, B.A. As a judge you are charged with treating every one fairly and I have done so throughout my 31 years practicing in Nassau County and every day of my life because it was the way we were raised.
Nassau County School Board
Published: August 1, 2020, 7:57 am Updated: August 3, 2020, 10:12 amTwo seats on the Nassau County School Board are up this election cycle. In District 4, incumbent Russell Johnson is being challenged by Cynthia (Cindy) GroomsThis is a non-partisan race open to all voters in the August primary. Scroll down to read candidates’ responses to our News4Jax questionnaire, verbatim as provided. NASSAU COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, District 4Cynthia (Cindy) GroomsThis candidate has not responded to the News4Jax questionnaire. Russell JohnsonThis candidate has not responded to the News4Jax questionnaire.
Nassau County Commission
Two of three races for Nassau County commission up for election this year were settled in the primary, but District 5 is going to a runoff in the general election because none of the candidates received 50% of the vote. NASSAU COUNTY COMMISSION, District 5Klint FarmerParty affiliation: RepublicanAge: 42Candidate’s family: Kendrick A. Nassau County does not need another politician on the County Commission. I firmly believe, "Nassau County is at its best when we move together!" Address and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on the communities of Nassau County.
Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Baldwin and CCD contests
The voters of all three Duval County beaches elect members of their city councils this year and Atlantic and Jacksonville beaches and Baldwin will vote for mayor. These races are nonpartisan and open to all voters. In Neptune Beach, Mayor Elaine Brown is unopposed and the only City Council race was settled in the August Primary. Races for the other cities within Duval County will appear on the November ballot. ATLANTIC BEACHAtlantic Beach mayor-commissioner – Seat 1Ricky L. CarperEllen Glasser (incumbent)Terri Lynn RayAtlantic Beach commissioner – Seat 2Bruce BoleFrank T. CashmanAtlantic Beach commissioner – Seat 3Lisa GoodrichMike WatersReferendum to modify Atlantic Beach Charter to modify the mayor-commissioner terms of officeBallot question: “Commencing with the election in November 2022 shall Section 5 of the Atlantic Beach Charter be amended to: (1) extend the Mayor-Commissioner term of office from two to four years; (2) reduce the Mayor-Commissioner number of allowable consecutive terms from four to two terms; and (3) limit any Mayor-Commissioner holding office as of November 2022, who has served two consecutive terms, to one additional consecutive four-year term?”JACKSONVILLE BEACHJacksonville Beach mayorCharlie Latham has served his limit of two terms as mayor, so this is an open seat.
Clay County School Board
Two Clay County School Board seats are up for election ballot this year. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, District 2Beth ClarkParty affiliation: NPAAge: 63Candidate’s family: Husband and one adult sonOccupation: Residential Real EstateEducation: Jacksonville University-BusinessPolitical experience: NoneWhat do you see as the top three issues in this race? Campaign website: (no answer)Campaign’s social media pages: FacebookCarol StuddardParty affiliation: Rep. (Non partisan seat)Age: 75Candidate’s family: Husband, James 3 Grown Daughters, 4 GrandchildrenOccupation: Clay County School Board MemberEducation: University of AlabamaPolitical experience: Clay County School Board Member 7 termsWhat do you see as the top three issues in this race? My many years of experience on the Clay County School Board, including 9 years as Chairman, have given me the historical knowledge that we need in making future decisions. I also take pride that we now have a Performing Arts Elementary School in Clay County.
Voter’s Guide: Baker County races
Baker County voters will select a clerk of court race on their ballot (see below), along with contested races for the 5th Congressional District, Florida Senate District 5, Florida House District 10, judicial retention and six proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Clerk of CourtsIncumbent Democrat Stacie Harvey faces Republican challenger Robert Fred Gray in the general election. Preview the Baker County sample ballot | Lookup or change your voting status, request a sample ballot and find other information by visiting bakerelections.com.
Voter’s Guide: Union County races
Union County voters will choose their superintendent of schools, clerk of court and decide one county commission race and two school board contests. Union County CommissionDistrict 1: Republicans Wayne Cox, Ryan Perez and Kimberly J. Shatto are running for this seat being vacated by Karen Cossey. Union County School BoardDistrict 2 : Incumbent Russell Gordon is being challenged by Rebekah Elixson in this nonpartisan race open to all voters. District 4: Incumbent Sondra Hunt in this nonpartisan race open to all voters. : Incumbent Becky Raulerson is being challenged byin this nonpartisan race open to all voters.
Voter’s Guide: Bradford County races
In addition to voting for president, in Congressional District 3, Florida Senate District 5, State House District 19, whether or not to retain judges and justices and for or against six amendments to the state constitution, Baker County voters will decide the local races below. Superintendent of SchoolsIncumbent Stacey Shuford Creighton faces NPA candidate Will Hartley. Supervisor of ElectionsAmanda Seyfang and won a Republican primary challenge and faces NPA candidate Storm Zedra Hamilton for this open position. Bradford County CommissionDistrict 1 : Carolyn Brown Spooner won a three-way Democratic primary in August and faces Republican Robby Stokley. District 5: Diane Andrews defeated two Republican opponents in the Republican primary and faces NPA candidate Carol Mosley.
Voter’s Guide: Columbia County races
Of Columbia County’s top administrators, the only one to draw opposition this election season. That race and a runoff in one of thee contested County Commission seats will appear on the November ballot, along with races for 5th Congressional District, Florida Senate District 5, Florida House District 10, judicial retention and six proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Tax CollectorKyle Keen prevailed din a three-way Republican primary and now faces Davie Parrish in the race to fill the seat of retiring Tax Collector Ronnie Branson. Columbia County Commission
Voter’s Guide: Flagler County races
In addition to congressional, legislative and 7th Judicial Circuit races, Flagler County voters will see several other races on the general election ballot. Flagler County SheriffLarry Jones is challenging incumbent Republican Sheriff Democratis challenging incumbent Republican Sheriff Rick StalyFlagler County CommissionAndy Dance faces Democrat Corinne Marie Hermle in the general election District 1: Republicanfaces Democratin the general electionDistrict 3: Incumbent David Sullivan defeated Republican challenger Kim Carney in the August primary. Because there is no Democrat or other candidate in the race, Sullivan is elected. For more information about your voting status, candidates, precincts, etc., visit FlaglerElections.com. EDITOR’S NOTE: The names of candidates who responded to a News4Jax questionnaire are marked in blue and provide links to the candidate’s information online.
Voter’s Guide: Putnam County races
Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller: Matt Reynolds won a three-way open primary in August. County CommissionDistrict 3 : Joshua James Mast and NPA candidate Douglas Hays in the general election. Terry Turner won a three-way Republican primary and will face DemocratandNPA candidatein the general election. District 5: Paul Adamczyk got the most votes in a four-way open primary in August and is elected. Putnam County voters will also help decide congressional, legislative and 7th Judicial Circuit races.
St. Johns County Commission
St. Johns County Commission - District 1DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATEJoe McAnarneyParty affiliation: DemocraticAge: 74Candidate’s family: Linda (wife), 3 kids, 6 grandkidsOccupation: Retired ArchitectEducation: Bachelor of Architecture, Miami UniversityPolitical experience: This is my first candidacy for political officeWhat do you see as the top three issues in this race? I love the beauty of St. County. I also love our parents and kids who have big dreams for their future (I am a Volunteer of the year at my wife's St. Johns County elementary school). St. Johns County needs to be counted on as an area that cares, that listens, that promotes change for racial justice and full equality. St. Johns County Commission - District 1REPUBLICAN CANDIDATEHenry DeanParty affiliation: RepublicanAge: 73Candidate’s family: Wife- Melanie.
Clay County superintendent of schools
The only countywide race that wasn’t totally settled in the August primary was electing a superintendent of schools. Acting Superintendent David Broskie, who was appointed to the post when Addison Davis left to become superintendent of schools in Hillsborough County, won the three-way Republican primary with 47% of the vote to advance to the November ballot. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATEDavid S. BroskieParty affiliation: RepublicanAge: 52Candidate’s family: wife Sue, sons Ryan and DavidOccupation: current Superintendent of Schools-Clay CountyEducation: M.S. I have over 30 years experience as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal of 3 different schools (which were all "A" rated during my tenure), Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and current Superintendent of Schools. I also believe continuity of leadership will be necessary to lead Clay County District Schools during these unprecedented times.
3rd Judicial Circuit state attorney
Two Republicans are running to replace 3rd Circuit State Attorney Henry Siegmeister, who resigned suddenly in December. Interim State Attorney David Phelps, who came out of retirement to fill the position, is not seeking to stay in the job. Because there is no Democrat or other registered candidates in the race, the August primary will be open to all voters. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATESJohn DurrettParty affiliation: REPUBLICANAge: 41Candidates family: MARRIED FOR 18 YEARS, 2 CHILDREN (SON AGED 13 AND DAUGHTER AGE 10)Occupation: ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEYEducation: B.A. IT HAS BROUGHT COURT PROCEEDINGS TO A STAND STILLCampaign website: STATEATTORNEY2020.COMCampaigns social media pages: FACEBOOKTina SeifertParty affiliation: RepublicanCampaign website: tinaseifert.comThis candidate has not responded to the News4Jax candidate survey.
Clay County Commission
Three of four County Commission seats up for election this year will appear on the August primary ballot. There are no Democrats running for any Clay County Commission position. Being a statesman who genuinely cared for the people of Clay County and kept my integrity as a leader. I think we can expand that concept throughout District 3 and indeed through much of Clay County. CLAY COUNTY COMMISSION - District 5Kristen BurkeParty affiliation: RepublicanCampaign website: kristenburke.comThis candidate has not returned the News4Jax questionnaire.
7th Judicial Circuit judges
Ten Circuit judges in the 7th Judicial Circuit returned to the bench without opposition. 7th Judicial Circuit Judge - Group 14Joan AnthonyAge: (no answer)Candidate’s family: (no answer)Occupation: Small Business OwnerEducation: I received my Bachelor’s degree in History from Bethune-Cookman College in 1981 and my Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1984. Occupation: Attorney at Canan LawEducation: Bachelors from Westminster College JD from Florida Coastal School of Law Florida Bar Board Certified Trial ExpertPolitical experience: None. Now more than ever we need judges who are ready to take the bench and hit the ground running. We need judges who can hit the ground running with little to no learning curve and the experience to utilize technology to advance the justice system forward!
Clay County clerk of court
Clay County Clerk of Court Tara Green is being challenged by David Coughlin in the Republican Primary. Comptroller transition from Clay Commissioners to Clay Clerk of CourtHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? David Coughlin has overseen and held accountable DoD $1.8B of annual DoD spending - five times the Clay County Budget. However, with my years of experience, dedication and knowledge as the elected Clay County Clerk of Courts, it has resulted in many, many improvements and successes within the office. I am a "working" Clerk and tirelessly dedicate myself to the office, the employees and the citizens in Clay County.
Other St. Johns County races
St. Johns County’s clerk of court, tax collector, property appraiser and supervisor of elections are unopposed for reelection this year. The race to fill the seat of retiring Sheriff David Shoar dominated the August primary, and the Republican winner faces a write-in opponent in November. Two county commission seats also will appear on the general election ballot. Races for leadership positions in St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach appear in a separate story. In addition to congressional, legislative and 7th Judicial Circuit races also covered elsewhere in our Voter’s Guide, St. Johns County voters will see several other races on the general election ballot:Five people are running in St. Augustine-St. Johns Airport Authority District 4: Austin Lee Lanteigne, H. Clark Alger, Michael Henne, Robert E. Olson and Samuel N. Barresi.
St. Johns County sheriff
St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar is retiring after five terms. Lastly, I am the only one in this race that has never worked for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, so I consider myself a fresh set of eyes if I am elected. I hope that the men and women of law enforcement will be remembered for being a positive piece to the puzzle of what makes St. Johns County the best place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Hired at the age of 19 and have worked and supervised every aspect of the Law Enforcement Division. High Liability Instructor at the Law Enforcement Academy for many years, teaching every aspect of law enforcement to new recruits and In-Service personnel.
Nassau County supervisor of elections
So the only countywide race on the ballot in November is for supervisor of elections, an office being vacated by Vicki Cannon. Janet Adkins was elected in a three-way Republican primary for supervisor of elections, an office being vacated by Vicki Cannon. Trust in our elections process is essential to an orderly transfer of power; and it is a key qualification when selecting Nassau County’s next Supervisor of Elections. Elections experience comes from various sources. It's critical that the Supervisor of Elections promotes a safe and healthy environment for the voters by maintaining CDC social distancing and sanitation recommendations.
7th Judicial Circuit public defender
Incumbent Public Defender James Purdy will step down at the end of his current term after 16 years in office. After being elected the 1st female public defender in the 7th Judicial Circuit, I'd like to be remembered for saving the taxpayers of Saint Johns, Flagler, Putnam & Volusia Counties hard earned tax dollars, by increasing the use of technology and reducing the costs of services. OccupationFelony Division Chief, Public Defender's Office, 7th CircuitAdd Tag to Answer7. Attorney retention- The Office of the Public Defender needs to focus on keeping skilled attorneys for the long term. I have been dealing with the day-to-day stresses of being available to my clients while managing the largest trial office in this circuit.
Clay County tax collector
Republicans Diane Hutchings and Ronnie Robinson are running to be the next Clay County tax collector. The growth of Clay County requires planning now for the most convenient and efficient ways to serve our tax payers. In my role as Tax Collector all taxpayers will be treated respectfully. The winner of the August primary will advance to the general election because Tom Platt qualified as a write-in for this race. Clay County records show Platt is a registered Republican and his presence in the race keeps the primary closed to only Republicans.
St. Johns County School Board
Two St. Johns County School Board members four-year terms end this year but only one will be on the ballot as one incumbent is running for re-election and drew no opposition. District 5 School Board member Patrick Canan, the current vice-chairman, is unopposed for another term. Maintaining local control- We need to keep our school district great by implementing conservative values that reflect our community Safety- Getting our children back in school in a safe and sanitized environment.Our school district needs to continue participation in the state Guardian program. I have worked for the St. Johns County School District for over 10 years. I will be the most humble, sincere and professional school board member of the St. Johns County School Board.
7th Judicial Circuit state attorney
Republican incumbent State Attorney R.J. Larizza is being challenged by independent candidate Don Dempsey. Campaign website: (no answer)Campaign social media pages: (no answer)R.J. LarizzaParty affiliation: RepublicanAge: 62Candidate’s family: Wife - Trish Larizza, married 29+ years, two Kids - Justin and Ashley, five grandkids with the sixth due in DecemberOccupation: Elected State Attorney 7th Judicial CircuitEducation: Bishop Kenny High School, B.S. Troy State University Criminal Justice, Juris Doctorate Mercer UniversityPolitical experience: I was elected your State Attorney in August of 2008 and took Office in January of 2009. I have worked in the Criminal Justice system since 1980, as a Probation Officer, Private Attorney, Prosecutor and your elected State Attorney. Improving the quality of life for the Citizens of the 7th Judicial Circuit, and keeping them safe and sound!
Duval County judges
Three of five seats up for election as Duval County judge are incumbent judges who will return to the bench without opposition. DUVAL COUNTY JUDGE, GROUP 1Isaac EastAge: 46Candidate’s family: 2 sonsOccupation: AttorneyEducation: Juris Doctorate from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law in 2011. I have now served as a County Court Judge for the past 8 years. In that capacity, I have mentored four newly-appointed county court judges through the one year mentorship program. I am involved in numerous community service projects and have become involved in the Administration and Management Committee with the Florida Conference of County Court Judges.
Duval County clerk of court
Three Republicans and one Democrat are running to be the next County Clerk of Circuit and County Court. I would like to be the Clerk remembered for modernizing the office and opening the doors to all the residents of Duval County. I also want to be sure the staff of the clerk's office reflects the diversity of Jacksonville. Fiscal Responsibility: The Clerk of Court is funded based on revenue received from all Clerk’s throughout the state. Advocating for appropriate funding levels and support for additional requirements placed on the Clerk of Court is critical.
Duval County School Board, District 5
Four of seven seats on the Duval County School Board are up for election this year. Incumbent Warren Jones is being challenged by Brenda Ann Jordan in District 5, which covers Northwest Jacksonville and most of the Westside. I would like the people to remember Brenda A. Jordan (Candidate) the New Vision of DCPS School Board District 5. Moreover, race relation should be part of a diverse sound curriculum in which teachers, students, parents are appropriately trained on how to learn to respect and embrace one another differences. Campaign website: .brendaajordan.comCampaign’s social media pages: Facebook | TwitterThe Jacksonville Public Education Fund hosted virtual candidate forums for each of the School Board races.
Duval County School Board, District 7
Four of seven seats on the Duval County School Board are up for election this year. During my first term on the School Board, I served as Vice-Chair during the superintendent search which resulted in the hiring of Dr. Greene. I am on the Board of Directors for the Florida School Board Association and The Council of Great City Schools. I was an honest and hardworking school board member who actually improved the quality of education while reducing property taxes. Campaign website: turnerforschoolboard.comCampaign’s social media pages: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Jacksonville Public Education Fund hosted virtual candidate forums for each of the School Board races.
Duval County School Board, District 1
DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 1Kelly CokerParty affiliation: NonPartisan ElectionAge: 51Candidate’s family: I am a 4th generation Jacksonville native who has lived in School District 1 my entire life. Ensure Taxpayer Dollar Transparency: As a 1.7 billion dollar organization it is imperative that the school district exercise financial responsibility and accountability. As a Board Member, I will ensure school funding that best supports students, teachers and school leaders in a cost-effective manner. It is my belief that the leadership of our school district must use the guidance of respected medical organizations to develop parental options for attending school that will best protect our teachers, students, and other workers within the school district. Covid-19 has upended the normal logistics of running schools, running households, and running life.
Duval County School Board, District 3
Four of seven seats on the Duval County School Board are up for election this year. The safety, health, and well-being of our students, teachers, school personnel and all who come in contact with them must take precedence. -I would like to see all families have pathways of good public school options within their neighborhoods from elementary to middle to high school. The current School Board will set the policy to get students and teachers back to school. Campaign website: votecindypearson.comCampaign’s social media pages: FacebookThe Jacksonville Public Education Fund hosted virtual candidate forums for each of the School Board races.
Duval County Soil and Water Conservation District
Two seats on the Soil and Water Conservation District are up for election. This five-member nonpartisan board was organized by concerned citizens of Duval County to help landowners and users to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources. News4Jax does not gather independent information on the candidates in these races, but the board posts statements from each online. GROUP 2John Barnes, Binod Kumar, John Nooney and Matthew Reimer are running for this seat. GROUP 4Lagarall Bates, Arthur Bides, Ashantae Green and Carter Jones are running for this seat.
2020 Voters Guide: Jacksonville City Council, District 4
I want to leave the District and the City in a better place than it was when I'm sworn in. Community Development Leadership Transparency Infrastructure ImprovementHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? I would hope to be remembered as someone that was truly for the people of this district and city. With the experience I have as City Councilman in this District, I can be ready to start on day one. I know the issues of this district as a Business Owner and Operator for over 40 years in this district.
2020 Voters Guide: Clay County sheriff
One-term Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has drawn five opponents in the August Republican Primary: Ben Carroll, Michelle Cook, Harold Rutledge, Mike Taylor and Catherine Webb are all Republicans. I am retired from the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff must assure that dealing drugs in Clay County is as difficult as possible. I have the integrity, experience, and leadership to lead the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Clay County records show Bourrie is a registered Republican and his presence in the race keeps the primary closed to only Republicans.
Florida state House District 14
Angie Nixon challenged incumbent lawmaker Kimberly Daniels in the Democratic primary in this district that covers a wide swath of northern and western Duval County and Northwest Jacksonville. The current state rep. has moved the district office location out of the district into city hall. I will have an open door policy and create a District 14 advisory committee to help guide the district priorities. I would host bi-monthly community conversations throughout the district, so that we can begin to talk and understand each other. I would also continue to push for comprehensive criminal justice reform and major investment into the district in the form of economic development.
Florida state House District 15
Two Democrats are competing in the August primary, with the winner facing incumbent Republican lawmaker in November to represent this large Westside Jacksonville district. Tammyette Thomas won a Democratic primary to advance to the general election against Republican state Rep. Wyman Duggan. Affordable Healthcare/Medicaid ExpansionEconomic GrowthPublic EducationPolice ReformHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? Actually serving the community in District 15 and be the voice to the voiceless! Campaign website: tthomasflhouse.comCampaign’s social media pages: TwitterREPUBLICAN CANDIDATEWyman DugganParty affiliation: Republican (incumbent)Campaign website: wymanduggan.comThis candidate has not yet responded to our News4Jax questionnaire.
Florida state House District 16
Have volunteered and worked on local, state and federal campaignsWhat do you see as the top three issues in this race? This job is about working directly with constituents to improve the quality of life in the district. State legislators should be open, honest and available to constituents and I intend to lead by example. The office will be located in the district and a resource for constituents. I will actively reach out to ALL constituents and provide a variety of avenues to leverage the natural talent of the district.
Florida state House District 17
Incumbent Republican state Rep. Cyndi Stevenson is facing Democratic challenger Dave Rogers in this district that covers the northern half of St. Johns County. To the people of Florida HD 17, I offer my lifetime of experience as a wife, mother, CPA and Public Servant. These are my unique qualifications to serve the people of Florida HD 17 during this time of challenge and opportunity. People at various points in their lives may need extra support to improve their bran health in the form of behavioral health services. Behavioral health services include counseling, mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Florida state House District 19
Republican State Rep. Bobby Payne is being challenged by Democrat Kimberly Dugger in this district that includes all of Putnam County, southern Clay County and west through Bradford and Union counties. Because there are no primary challenges, this race only appears on the general election ballot in November. Scroll down to read each candidate’s responses to News4Jax’s questionnaire, presented verbatim as submitted. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATEKimberly DuggerParty affiliation: DemocraticCampaign website: (none found)This candidate has not responded to the News4Jax candidate survey. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATEBobby PayneParty affiliation: RepublicanCampaign website: bobbypayne.netThis candidate has not responded to the News4Jax candidate survey.
Florida state House District 21
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATEChuck ClemonsParty affiliation: RepublicanCampaign website: chuckclemons.comThis candidate has not responded to the News4Jax candidate survey. As a physician I have a deep understanding of health care needs and solutions. I am committed to using my experience to improve health care for all Floridians. Moving health care improvement solutions through the legislative process. The economic downturn that has occurred has severely impacted state revenues at a time when even more Floridians are in need.
Florida state House District 24
Incumbent Republican Paul Renner faces Democratic challenger Adam Morley in this district that covers southern St Johns County and all of Flagler County. Because there are no primary challenges, this race only appears on the general election ballot in November. WATCH: Both candidates interviewed by Kent Justice on Oct. 18 edition of This Week in JacksonvilleRepublican Paul Renner and Democrat Adam Morley are running in District 24. (Photos from candidates)DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATEAdam MorleyParty affiliation: DemocraticCampaign website: votemorley.comThis candidate has not responded to the News4Jax candidate survey. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATEPaul RennerParty affiliation: Republican (incumbent)Campaign website: voterenner.comThis candidate has not responded to the News4Jax candidate survey.
Florida Senate District 5
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATEJennifer BradleyParty affiliation: RepublicanAge: 49Candidate’s family: My husband Rob and I have been married for 25 years. Defending North Florida conservative values like protecting the unborn and standing up for our Second Amendment rights. I am a lifelong Republican who will fight for north Florida values in Tallahassee. I'd like to be remembered as a leader who treated everyone with respect, led with humility and created a lasting legacy of accomplishments that improved north Florida. Her name remains on the ballot and votes cast for her will go to a replacement candidate named by the Florida Democratic Party.
Florida Senate District 7
Ensuring Floridians have a right to clean air and water and ensuring that Florida is carbon negative by 2030. His district and capital offices are closed and haven’t responded to our emails in over 3 weeks. Experience is important and the Senate is not a place where one should seek on the job training. I have life, work, and political experience in order to best represent the needs of my district. Like all sectors of private and public employment in Florida, Covid has made things difficult.
Florida’s 5th Congressional District
HealthcareEconomic EmpowermentCriminal JusticeHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? If elected how would you address the calls for racial justice? JobsHealthcareCrimeHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? That I was leader who stood up for the people in our district and stood up to corruption in DC and made our District better in every way.
Florida’s 4th Congressional District
We are laser focused to find a pathway to avoid being economically submissive to other foreign entities: independence, not dependence. We will be known for keeping the push to provide support and engagement to support communities, we lead from the front! My promise to the 4th district is that we will ALWAYS get to the root of the problem, implement effective solutions, and be fully engaged in our communities. The Florida's 4th Congressional district is about 565,000 registered voters, which requires strategic engagement and observations on what people would like to see their Congress do for their families. I also believe people deserve to feel safe when they go to work or school or church.
Florida’s 3rd Congressional District - Democrats
Three Democrats and 10 Republicans are running for this seat that U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho is vacating after three terms representing this North Central Florida district. Democrats in the district will choose from Adam Christensen, Phillip Dodds and Tom Wells in their primary. How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? I believe that I am uniquely suited to help voters because of my capacity to empathize with constituents. Like all districts, Florida's 3rd Congressional District is deserving of a representative in office that will speak and act for the best interests of the majority of its people.
Florida’s 3rd Congressional District - Republicans
I would like to be remembered for being a true representative of the people of Florida's third congressional district. Protecting our Constitution and Second Amendment RightsHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? I have the experience and proven conservative leadership to best serve the hardworking people of Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. I will bring strong leadership to Washington and fight to ensure every voter in Florida's 3rd Congressional District receives the services they deserve and the strong, conservative representation they expect. I'll never forget who I work for, the people of Florida's 3rd Congressional District.
Floridas 6th Congressional District
I am an attorney and candidate for US Congress in Floridas 6th district. A great man once said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. I'm a local born and raised in Daytona Beach who actually knows the district, unlike the incumbent. I will put a district office in mid-town Daytona Beach to help our underserved communities there. I'm running for the congressional seat our failed excuse for a governor, Ron DeSantis, previously held.
Florida state House District 20
Educational transformations, criminal justice reforms and the improvement of people's lives in the state of Florida. Unfortunately, Floridians will never approve a state amendment for an income tax which would help to stabilize our revenue sources. My qualifications and experience of nearly 40 years of Civic and Elected Office Experience allows me to hit the ground running to address issues facing Floridians in House District and the State of Florida. The next House District 20 Representative will be tasked with passing legislation to address Police Reform in Florida. Creation of an Independent Special Prosecutors Office located in the State Attorney Generals Office to investigate law enforcement abuse.
2020 Voters Guide: Florida state House District 13
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Tracie Davis is being challenged in the August Primary by Cynthia Smith in this central Jacksonville legislative district. There is no Republican running in Novembers General Election, so this primary will be open to all voters. I have worked with my colleagues to deliver millions back to my district for infrastructure, parks, colleges, and universities projects. Absolutely, I believe that we must work across the board to address racial justices so everyone can feel safe in the world we live. I believe we must be cautious and caring of others when meeting the community to ensure we are not aiding the problem.
2020 Voters Guide: Florida state House District 12
JobsEducation FundingYouth ProgressHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 12 DOES'T need representatives to propose Healthy Marriage Handbooks that are required prior to getting a marriage license. EconomyEducationIncreased Individual LibertyHow can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? Having grown up in District 12 and now raising a family here, I understand the needs of our community. My commitment to District 12 constituents and all of Florida remains unchanged.
2020 Voters Guide: Florida state House District 10
Republican incumbent state Rep. Chuck Brannan is being challenged by Democrat Rock Aboujaoude Jr. Because neither candidate has a party opponent, this race will only appear on the November General Election ballot. Scroll down to read each candidates responses to News4Jaxs questionnaire, presented verbatim as submitted. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATERock Aboujaoude Jr.Party affiliation: DemocratWebsite: facebook.com/rockforfloridaThis candidate has not yet responded to our questionnaire. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATEChuck BrannanParty affiliation: Republican (incumbent)Campaign website: chuckbrannanforstaterep.comThis candidate has not yet responded to our questionnaire.
2020 Voters Guide: Florida state House District 11
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATEJoshua HicksParty affiliation: DemocraticAge: 36Candidates family: Phillip Perry (husband)Occupation: Platform Administrator with the Colorectal Cancer AllianceEducation: Graduate of Florida State University, Class of 2007, Double Major, Bachelor of Science degreePolitical experience: Yes. Been involved in the Leon County Democratic Party and now the Duval County Democratic Party, and has served as an intern and legislative page in the Florida House. In fact, policies enacted by my opponent in the Florida Legislature have actually made our current health and economic crisis worse. This is a public health and public safety issue and we must take this virus seriously. As we work to reopen Florida, we must do it with the publics best interests in mind.