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Who’s running: Jacksonville city elections are set
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Who’s running: Jacksonville city elections are set

Who’s running: Jacksonville city elections are set
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Who’s running: Jacksonville city elections are set

We now know who will be on your ballot in March, with the qualifying period closed for Jacksonville’s municipal elections.

The election will take place March 19th, with all candidates appearing on the ballot. If a candidate wins a majority of the votes, he or she wins that race outright. If no candidate secures a majority, then the top two vote-getters- regardless of party- face a runoff on May 14th. 

The biggest race to watch is for Mayor, where six candidates have qualified. Three of them are Republicans- incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry, Jacksonville City Councilwoman Anna Lopez Brosche, and former Atlantic Beach Commissioner Jimmy Hill. Omega Allen qualified as NPA, and Brian Griffin and Johnny Sparks are write-in candidates. No Democrats qualified for this race.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, who’s a registered Republican, will face a challenge from JSO and Army veteran Democrat Tony Cummings.

Property Appraiser and Tax Collector are also contested. Sitting Property Appraiser Republican Jerry Holland is running against Democrat Kurt Kraft. Incumbent Tax Collector Republican Jim Overton will face Democratic City Councilman John Crescimbeni, who is termed out on the Council. Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan, a Republican, will keep his seat as he is unopposed.

A few of the Jacksonville City Council races are already settled, as they’re without opposition. In District 3, Republican Aaron Bowman retains his seat; in District 5, Republican LeAnna Cumber will join the Council; in District 11, Republican Danny Becton keeps his seat; and in District 13, Republican Rory Diamond joins the Council.

A lot of intrigue sits with District 8, where suspended Democratic City Councilwoman Katrina Brown has qualified for re-election. She and suspended District 10 Councilman Reggie Brown were jointly federally indicted and subsequently suspended by then-Governor Rick Scott. Ju’Coby Pittman, a Democrat, was appointed to replace her, and has qualified to run for re-election to the seat. They’re joined by Democrats Tameka Gaines Holly, Diallo-Sekou Seabrooks, and Albert Wilcox Jr. in the race.

Reggie Brown’s seat is now an open race between five candidates- Republicans Reginald Blount and Charles Edward Fetzer II, and Democrats Celestine Mills, Kevin Reshad Monroe, and Brenda A. Priestly Jackson. Republican Terrance Freeman was appointed to Brown’s seat, where he is currently serving, but he has chosen to run for At-Large Group 1. In that race, Freeman is opposed by Republicans Gary Barrett and Jack Daniels, Democrat Lisa King, and NPA Connell Crooms.

Other incumbent City Council members running for re-election:

District 1- incumbent Democrat Joyce Morgan will face Republican Bill Bishop.

District 2- incumbent Republican Al Ferraro will face Democrat Carson Tranquille.

District 4- incumbent Republican Scott Wilson will face Democrat Timothy Yost.

District 7- incumbent Democrat Reggie Gaffney will face Democrats Nahshon Nicks, Solomon Olopade, and Sharise V. Riley.

District 9- incumbent Democrat Garrett L. Dennis will face Democrat Marcellus Daniel Holmes III.

District 12- incumbent Republican Randy White will face Republican David A. Taylor.

At Large Group 3- incumbent Democrat Tommy Hazouri will face Democrat James C. Jacobs and Republican Greg Rachal.

At Large Group 5- incumbent Republican Samuel Newby will face Democrat Chad Evan McIntyre and NPA Niki Brunson.

Open Jacksonville City Council seats:

District 6- race between Republicans Michael Boylan and Rose Conry.

District 14- race between Democrats Sunny Gettinger and Jimmy Peluso, Republicans Randy DeFoor and Henry Mooneyham, and write-in Earl Testy.

At Large Group 2- race between Democrat Darren Mason and Republican Ron Salem.

At Large Group 4- race between Republicans Matt Carlucci, Harold McCart, and Don Redman.

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  • Authorities arrested an 11th person Tuesday in connection with the ambush shooting last week of former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. >> Read more trending news  In a press briefing Wednesday evening, the Dominican Republic’s lead prosecutor said that Ortiz was not the target of a shooting.  Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said the target was another man, dressed similarly to Ortiz, who was seated next to him the night of June 9. Rodríguez said the shooting was orchestrated by a member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, who remains on the run. He did not immediately describe a motive. An unidentified official told The Associated Press that Franklin Junior Merán was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of renting one of the cars used in the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo. Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the accused shooter. Authorities say they are looking for at least three other suspects, including the man they believe paid the hit men. Ortiz continued recovering Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said doctors upgraded Ortiz’s condition to good Tuesday. “We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox. “David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.” Authorities continue to investigate. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  • Families living in south Jacksonville and in northern St. Johns County are poised to get more convenient access to specialized pediatric emergency care. That's as a new 8,100-square-foot Wolfson Children's Hospital ER will be coming to Baptist Medical Center South, with construction expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.  The ER will be its own separate facility, with its own entrance, check-in and triage area, family restrooms, parking area, and more.  'Everything about our new Wolfson Children's Emergency Center at Baptist South will be designed to provide world-class pediatric emergency care close to home,' says Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, president of Wolfson Children's Hospital.  We're told this project is the culmination of listening to parents and years of planning.  'Parents told us they wanted the specialized emergency care from Wolfson Children's to be close by. They asked for a dedicated space with its own parking, and most of all, a kid-friendly environment to take the fear out of going to the ER. We listened, and we are thrilled to bring all this and more to the Baptist South campus,' says Darin Roark, BSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, and vice president of ambulatory campuses and Baptist Health system emergency departments.  During construction, the parking lot on the south side of Baptist South will need to be closed. But, patients and visitors can continue to park in Lot A, directly in front of the ER entrance. The visitor garage will also remain open.
  • Police arrested a 33-year-old man Monday on suspicion of intentionally driving into pedestrians in Jefferson City, injuring a 61-year-old man and killing a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son, according to investigators. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said William David Phillips, of Jefferson City, swerved to intentionally hit Tillman Gunter, 61, while driving west on East Main Street on Monday afternoon. Police said Phillips traveled less than a mile before swerving again, striking Sierra Wilson Cahoon, 30, and her 2-year-old son, Nolan Cahoon. Cahoon, Nolan and Cahoon’s unborn child were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to investigators. Gunter was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said. Authorities were called around 3:30 p.m. Monday after Phillips lodged the car he was driving into a building for Sustainable Aquatics, a fish hatchery, according to The Citizen Tribune and the Knoxville News Sentinel. Witness Bill Ray Jones told WBIR-TV he heard Phillips yelling that the “government told him to do it” as he tried to flee from the scene of the crash. 'He knew he had hit (Cahoon) and I'm sure he did because he was talking all crazy,' he told the news station. Sustainable Aquatics owner John Carberry told the News Sentinel he arrived at the scene of the crash within minutes Monday and found Cahoon and her son dead on the sidewalk. “There was a hole in the building and one of my employees ran out,” Carberry told the News Sentinel. “She had minor injuries. She ran up to the main building, and the perpetrator ran out of the hole and ran up and some local citizens grabbed him.” The crash ruptured several fish tanks and destroyed four fish systems, Carberry told The Citizen Tribune and the News Sentinel. He estimated about 2,000 wild-caught fish died after the crash caused more than 10,000 gallons of water to rush from the tanks. “I just want to let the police do their job and mourn the passing of this mother and child,” Carberry told The Citizen Tribune. “It’s very sad.” Phillips, of Jefferson City, was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Authorities filed an additional murder charge against Phillips on Wednesday for the death of Cahoon's unborn child, WATE reported. In a news release, police said investigators believed 'this was an intentional act of violence toward randomly chosen pedestrians. “Investigators have determined that Phillips did not know the victims,” police said. In an arrest warrant obtained Wednesday by the News Sentinel, authorities said Phillips told investigators “a voice told him that he needed to go kill meth addicts.” After Phillips spotted Cahoon and her son, 'He said the voice told him that the baby stroller had meth in it so he intentionally drove into (the mother and child) ... killing them both,' the warrant said, according to the News Sentinel. Records from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department showed he remained jailed Wednesday. A spokesperson for Carson-Newman University, a Christian university in Jefferson City, told WBIR-TV that Cahoon and Nolan were the wife and son of Matt Cahoon, an assistant athletic trainer at the school. “Our hearts are breaking for one of our own,” Carson-Newman University interim President Paul Percy said Tuesday in a statement. “We take comfort in knowing that God also feels our pain and hears our prayers. Because of this, we ask for prayers for Matt and his family now and in the days ahead.” Officials at First Steps Preschool at the First United Methodist Church told WBIR-TV Nolan was a happy student who always gave out hugs and high-fives. 'He was a joy,' the preschool’s director, Jessica Lawson, told WBIR-TV. 'He would walk through the door smiling every morning.' Officials at Carson-Newman University started a fund to benefit the Cahoon family. Those wishing to contribute can donate online to The Randall and Kay O’Brien Benevolent Fund on the university’s website.

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