Former City Council candidate and political activist Reginald Blount will be running from City Council At-Large Group 5. The seat is currently held by council President Sam Newby. The 2023 Council race is projected to be a challenging campaign as many current council members, like Newby, will be terming out of office, thus creating a wave of potential candidates.
Blount believes that Jacksonville can excel far beyond its current position among medium-large cities in the US. He states, “As a member of City Council, I would continue to push many of the same initiatives I had during the 2019 council race. I believe city planners should aggressively integrate long term goals to develop blighted areas of the city. I am a champion for legislation that helps increase productivity for small business and increase the quality of life for our residences in all areas of the city.
Blount previously ran for District 10 in 2019 against Celestine Mills, Brenda Priestly-Jackson, Charles Fetzer and Kevin Monroe. Jackson ultimately won in a runoff against Mills. Blount is a native of Jacksonville and retired from the United States Army in 2016 after nearly 30 years of service. He accepted a position as Project Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor for Adult Continuing Education at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is a public speaker, Group Home Operations Consultant, owner of Northeast BLS/CPR Certifications, and participates in various volunteer organizations.