The City of Jacksonville kicked off the election season this week with a 32.6% voter turnout with 179,376 ballots cast that will culminate in May for most of the candidates. One of the most watched races, which would decide our next mayor, was narrowly held by incumbent Alvin Brown with 42.9% of the vote. He will face Republican Lenny Curry who received 38% of the vote.
TV personality and well known crime fighter Ken Jefferson topped the Democratic post with 36% of the vote against five Republican challengers to eventually face off against Mike Williams.
The City Council at large seats were advantageous for many candidates known to urban Jacksonville. Group 1 incumbent Kimberly Daniels will meet Anna Brosche and JuCoby Pittman, longtime CEO of the Clara White Mission, captured 46% of the vote to face off against Republican Sam Newby for the Group 5 seat. Former TV anchor Joyce Morgan will face Mike Anania for the District 1 seat. Former Republican Reggie Gaffney topped the Democratic vote with 33% of the vote but will need to get past George Spencer who held strong at 25% of the Democratic vote for District 7.
District 8, the seat long held by Councilwoman Denise Lee, will see a battle between Katrina Brown and veteran councilwoman Pat Lockett Felder. Candidates for the seat included James Breaker, Terry Fields and Lynn Sherman. The election will be held May 19, 2015.