Particular election for Jacksonville Metropolis Council seat heads to runoff

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Jim Piggott, Reporter

Printed: December 7, 2021 5:43 pm

Up to date: December 7, 2021 11:18 pm

Jim Piggott, Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A particular citywide election in Jacksonville for the Metropolis Council At-Massive Group 3 seat is heading to a runoff.

The At-Massive Group 3 seat was left empty when Metropolis Councilman Tommy Hazouri, the previous council president and mayor, died in September.

At 10 p.m. Tuesday, with all 199 precincts reporting, Democrat Dr. Tracye Polson had 36.72% of the vote and Republican Nick Howland had 35.94%.

The opposite two candidates operating to fill the remaining time period on the seat, Democrat James “Coach” Jacobs and Republican Howland “Howdy” Russell, bought 13.68% and 13.66% of the vote, respectively.

Since not one of the 4 candidates had been capable of get greater than 50% of the vote, the highest two vote-getters — Polson and Howland — advance to the runoff Feb. 22.

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The campaigning has already began. News4JAX spoke with the highest two vote-getters shortly after the outcomes got here in.

Polson stated she is able to proceed this marketing campaign and town will probably be listening to far more from her about her plans for the council if elected.

“We’re able to proceed to get our message out to folks in Duval — which I feel persons are responding to,” Polson stated. “We’re speaking about transparency, accountability, the truth that we want elected leaders who can’t be purchased. We noticed that with JEA. We noticed that with Lot J. I feel folks in Jacksonville desire a completely different type of chief, and I’m that chief.”

Howland’s marketing campaign on Tuesday actually bought the Republican vote out. Extra Democrats than Republicans voted early or by mail, however that modified Tuesday as Republican turnout was stronger on election day. Ultimately, the events had been about even when it got here to the variety of voters who turned out.

Howland is able to proceed to get his message out.

“This metropolis wants servant management. We have to again our police. We’d like safer streets and neighborhoods. We all know how we’re going to develop over the following 10 years. We have to create jobs,” Howland stated. “They’re in search of management in Metropolis Council. I’m not stunned in any respect. Actually, I’m excited. I’m thrilled to go to the following spherical, and I’m enthusiastic about this momentum carrying all the way in which to Feb. 22.”

News4JAX additionally requested each Polson and Howland about Hazouri.

Polson talked about Hazouri’s legacy.

“I imply, Tommy endorsed me after I ran for the Florida Home in 2018. I’ve large respect for the work that he did on this neighborhood. Tommy Hazouri liked this metropolis, and he labored throughout the aisle and he additionally stood up for what was proper, and that’s the a part of his legacy I promise to reside as much as if I’m elected in February,” Polson stated.

Howland additionally had variety ideas about Hazouri, however he stated it’s time so as to add one other Republican to the Metropolis Council.

“Tommy has an amazing legacy, 30 years of serving our metropolis. However I sit up for including one other pink seat to Metropolis Council and including servant management. I sit up for pushing conservative values on Metropolis Council. I sit up for creating jobs. I sit up for being fiscally conservative and having good fiscal administration of our funds. This metropolis is ready for management to take it to the following degree, and I’m excited to be doubtlessly part of that,” Howland stated.

General turnout was 12.59% ultimately test.

Ortega United Methodist Church was one of many busiest precincts in Jacksonville for voting on Tuesday, with greater than 500 folks casting a poll. Different precincts had been averaging about 150 folks.

Whereas the election is just for one Metropolis Council seat, News4JAX talked with voters who nonetheless really feel it’s essential.

“Voting is a proper that not everybody on this planet will get to train, and I wish to take each alternative I can to make my voice heard,” stated voter Chad Cutlit.

Voter Donna Colyer stated: “I would like my grandson to be taught that we vote in each election.”

Jim Piggott is the reporter to rely on in the case of metropolis authorities and the way it will have an effect on the neighborhood.

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