The victory of the Democratic candidate Donna Deegan over a Republican in the race for mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, will make her the first woman to hold the position in the city’s history, shining a light of hope for the Democratic Party, which has few points of influence in a state dominated by Republicans.
Deegan, 62, a former television presenter who runs a nonprofit organization supporting breast cancer patients, He obtained 52% of the votes in Tuesday’s election to prevail over Republican Daniel Davis, CEO of the JAX Chamber business group, according to unofficial results. Around 217,000 people voted in the race, a participation of 33% of the register.
Alvin Brown’s victory in 2011 marked the last time a Democrat won the mayoral race. He was defeated in 2015 by Republican Lenny Curry. Brown was the only Democratic mayor in the last 30 years. Curry was unable to run again this year because he had already reached his term limit and Deegan will take office on July 1.
“Tonight we made history, folks. It’s a new day for Jacksonville, Florida”Deegan told supporters Tuesday night. “I’m very excited to create a city that sees everyone. That includes everyone. That gives everyone a voice.”
For the democrats In Florida, the victory gives them a jumping-off point in a state where Republicans control all statewide elected offices, hold a majority in the legislature and recently edged out Republicans. democrats on voter registration. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is scheduled to announce his campaign for president in the near future, won re-election last year with a margin of nearly 20 percentage points.
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