Tuesday is Election Day in the race for the open seat of the Jacksonville City Council

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Results of a city-wide special election in Jacksonville are expected by Tuesday night.

Voters will vote to fill the Jacksonville City Council seat vacated by the late Tommy Hazouri. The former chairman of the council and mayor died in September.

“The winner of this election will not only serve the remainder of this term, approximately 18 months, but will also have the option of serving two more full terms,” ​​News4JAX political analyst Rick Mullaney said. “Given the significant political and credit issues facing the council, the winner of this election will have the opportunity to lead and influence the council and the city for years to come.”

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Four candidates, two Republicans and two Democrats, are vying to fill the remaining term of the seat of the At-Large 3 group.

Democrat Dr. Tracye Polson is the only woman in the race and almost won when she ran for State House District 15 a few years ago. She is a licensed mental health professional.

“I am a great listener. So that’s what I do every day. But more importantly, I am able to ask questions, and what I have said since I filed in September I cannot be bought. So I think people can be confident that I will represent them and keep them informed, ”Polson said.

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The main Republican candidate is Nick Howland. He is a Navy veteran and currently runs a non-profit organization called The Fire Watch, which is dedicated to preventing veteran suicide.

“I was involved in the city. I served on the city’s Environmental Protection Board for eight years, on the Charter Review Board for one year, and on the Board of Directors of the First Coast Manufacturing Association for four years. And I saw how the city works. And I know that right now Jacksonville is at a critical juncture in its history, ”Howland said.

Howdy Russell is the other Republican in the race. He describes himself as a political newcomer, a business owner and not afraid of being unconventional. He says public safety is his number one priority.

“You will have a guy who has a servant heart and loves to serve the people of Jacksonville and a guy who will take care of business. I’m going to ask those questions a stranger would ask, and that might make some people inside a little less comfortable, ”Russell said.

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The other Democratic candidate is James Jacobs, who calls himself “Coach”. He spent 20 years as an educator, where he also trained as an ambulance driver and first responder. Jacobs is also new to the election race.

“I have first-hand experience as a servant leader and an inherent knowledge of the dangers and challenges that citizens face in our daily struggles to survive in our city. And voting for me is like voting for this ordinary, ordinary guy, ”Jacobs said.

On polling day, the 199 constituencies will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. All registered voters can participate.

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