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2023 City Election Guide

May 16 General Election Offers Clear Choice
for Jacksonville's Future  

Mayoral candidate and Atlantic Beach resident Donna Deegan (D) emerged as the top vote-getter in the first round of Jacksonville's city election, winning 147 of 186 precincts, including all Beaches sites. Deegan faces GOP contender and second place finisher Daniel Davis in the May 16 general election.

Deegan is running on a unifying vision of a Jacksonville that brings people together to build a sustainable community that works for everyone. Davis is offering few details apart from endorsements from elements of the city's status quo. To see their April 20 debate click here.

Besides the Mayor's race, the May 16 runoff will offer Beach voters a chance to cast ballots for Jacksonville Property Appraiser, and City Council At-Large Group 5 seat.  And Jacksonville Beach residents will vote on a referendum to increase the building height up to an additional 20 ft. in the city-owned Latham Plaza Parking lot. See more details below and find a citywide sample ballot here.


This is a vitally important election for our community's future. Yet fewer than 26 percent of Jacksonville's voters took part in the March round of voting.  To elect Deegan and other progressive candidates who share our values, we must get more like-minded people to the polls. Find out what you can do to make a difference here.

Joyce Morgan Advances in
Property Appraiser Race
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Joyce Morgan (D), who represented Arlington on the City Council, faces GOP candidate Jason Fischer in the May 16 general election.


Fischer is touting his support by Gov. Ron DeSantis in campaign ads while Morgan is focusing on her leadership and commitment to the community.


Fischer declined to be interviewed by Jax Today, but you can learn more about Morgan here.

Charles Garrison Vying for City Council At-Large Group 5 Seat

Charles Garrison (D), small business owner, veteran and advocate, is running against Chris Miller, GOP candidate and district staffer for Congressman John Rutherford, in the May 16 general election. The two were top vote-getters in the race for the City Council At-Large Group 5 seat in the first election.

Check out their views on the city budget, public safety, housing & other issues in the Jax Today Voter's Guide.

Referendum on Ballot in Jax Beach
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Voters in Jacksonville Beach will see a referendum on their ballots to amend the city's charter and allow buildings up to five stories high on a city-owned block of property downtown.

Find out more information on the controversial proposal here.

1. VOTE!

And make sure your friends and family vote too. Not registered? Deadline to register to vote in the May 16 general election is April 17. Find out how at www.duval


Roll up your sleeves and help candidates by volunteering through their campaign websites.


Candidates need resources to share their message with voters. Progressive candidates were massively out-spent in the first election and need your financial support.


BAM is supporting Get Out the Vote activities organized by the Democratic Women's Information Network (DWIN) and Florida Rising. Contact us to help with text banking & canvassing in low turn-out communities. 


Check the BAM Action Alert for the latest information on candidate forums, endorsements, and other activities.  Not on the mailing list? Sign up here.

Want to Make a Difference in the May 16 Election?  Five Things You Can Do.
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