30% Voter Turnout Yields Wave of City Candidates

Shoen is City Council District 14 Candidate Rahman Johnson with campaign supports

Now that the election primaries are over, Duval voters have set the stage for the general election on Tuesday, May 16th to vote for the next Jacksonville mayor and city council representatives.  If no candidate received over 50% of the vote in the primary election, the two top vote-getters move on to the May election.

Shown is City of Jax Mayoral candidate Donna Deegan with campaign supporters.


District 5 Councilman at large and president of the city council Terrance Freeman (REP) received 75% of the votes to beat his opponent Eric Parker (LPF).  Incumbent District 10 councilwoman Jucoby Pittman (DEM) won her second term with a landslide victory against the four candidates vying for her spot in the City Council chambers.  Democratic opponent Nashon Nicks (DEM) and Reginald Blount (REP) did not come through for wins in City Council At-Large – Group 5 districts versus republican Chris Miller (REP). Name recognition candidate Reginald Gaffney, Jr. (DEM) will face off against Tameka Gaines Holly (DEM), who has been on a mission to gain her city council wings for a few elections. Former newscaster Ken Amarao (REP) won the City Council District 1 race, while his former colleague and City councilwoman Joyce Morgan (DEM) will face-off against Jason Fischer (REP) for the property appraiser run-off. In City Council District 14, Edward Waters University professor Rahman Johnson (DEM) garnered a 46% lead from his opponents Alberta Hipps (REP) and John Draper (REP). The win of the night was breast cancer advocate and former newscaster Donna Deegan. The democratic candidate pulled in more than 66,000 votes to win the democratic category that pitted her against democratic opponent Audrey Gibson (DEM) who received 8.60% of the vote. Deegan (DEM) will now be in the final tally run-off against the republican candidate and Jax Chamber CEO Daniel Davis (REP). The Democratic candidate, who took nearly 40% of the vote Tuesday, already rolled out a new ad encompassing a central theme of her campaign: “Unity.”

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