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Florida Senate District 5

District covers Baker, Bradford Clay, Columbia, Union and other counties west to the Gulf Coast

Five Florida Senate districts cover all of Northeast Florida
Five Florida Senate districts cover all of Northeast Florida

State Sen. Rob Bradley cannot run for re-election due to term limits. His wife, Jennifer Bradley, is facing Jason Holifield in the August Republican Primary. The winner will face Democrat Melina Barratt in the general election in November.

Scroll down to read each candidate’s responses to News4Jax’s questionnaire, presented verbatim as submitted.

  REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

Jennifer Bradley

Party affiliation: Republican

Age: 49

Candidate’s family: My husband Rob and I have been married for 25 years. We have 3 children- Connor (UNF graduate, working in St. Louis, MO), Stephanie (UF graduate, obtaining Masters in Accounting at USF); Caroline (attending UF)

Occupation: Attorney and Small Business Owner

Education: Juris Doctorate, Florida State University; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of Florida

Political experience: None

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

  1. Supporting law enforcement and stopping liberals from defunding the police.
  2. Growing our economy and creating jobs. Allowing small businesses and agriculture to innovate and thrive.
  3. Defending North Florida conservative values like protecting the unborn and standing up for our Second Amendment rights.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

I am a lifelong Republican who will fight for north Florida values in Tallahassee. My opponent was a Democrat until 2018 and switched parties to run for this office. We need real conservatives in Tallahasssee.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

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.

If elected how would you address the calls for racial justice?

Every Floridian, regardless of race, has the absolute right to pursue their dreams and go as far as their drive and ambition will take them.

What challenges does COVID-19 present to the office you are seeking?

These are unprecedented times. The coronavirus will have a negative effect on state revenues and our budget. We must find innovative ways to deliver essential services without raising taxes. No new taxes.

Campaign website: VoteJenniferBradley.com

Campaign’s social media pages: Facebook


Jason Holifield

Party affiliation: Republican

Age: 45

Candidate’s family: local

Occupation: Beef Farm/ Real Estate

Education: Certified Law Enforcement Training North Florida Community College

Political experience: 8 years County Commissioner Dixie County

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

  • Term Limits, as i am opposing the Current Senators wife ( He is termed out)
  • Staying in Touch with the needs of the people, helping Teachers/ school employees obtain better Insurance through a change in the State Capitol.
  • Protecting our 2nd amendment rights

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

I can LISTEN better, i will take the time to make sure the Citizens are heard.This is about serving, and having the Backbone to stand up for whats right.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

I would Love to be known as ...Simply doing what i said i would do!

If elected how would you address the calls for racial justice?

My Bible tells me...We should Love one another, I will carry that in my heart to Tallahassee.All races deserve to be heard, We all need to come together to help each other.

What challenges does COVID-19 present to the office you are seeking?

My wife is a RN so i understand that this Virus is real. However this Virus has been used in political tactics. We need to get back to work.

Campaign website: www.jasonholifieldfloridasenate.org

Campaign’s social media pages: Facebook

  DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE

Melina Barratt

Party: Democratic

Campaign website: melinarayna.org

This candidate has not yet responded to our questionnaire.