Joyce Morgan wins narrow victory for Duval County property appraiser

Republicans retain a 14-5 majority on the Jacksonville City Council.

Democrat Joyce Morgan defeated Republican Jason Fischer in the race for Duval County Property Appraiser, 52% to 48%.
Democrat Joyce Morgan defeated Republican Jason Fischer in the race for Duval County Property Appraiser, 52% to 48%.
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In what proved to be the closest contest in the May 16 election, Jacksonville City Council member Joyce Morgan (D) won the race for Duval County property appraiser. 

Morgan received 109,739 votes (50.7%) to Jason Fischer’s 106,690 votes (49.3%).

Among City Council races decided May 16, Republicans won three seats and Democrats won four.

• Chris Miller (R) won the At-Large District 5 seat with 112,598 votes (52.24%) over Charles Garrison (D), who received 102,960 votes (47.76%).

• In District 2, Mike Gay (R), with 8,629 votes (52.25%), defeated Lindsey Brock (R), who received 7,896 votes (47.78%).

• In District 7, Jimmy Peluso (D) received 11,303 votes (65.1%) to win against Joseph Hogan (R), who received 6,060 votes (34.9%).

• In District 8, Reggie Gaffney Jr. (D) received 7,413 votes (51.91%) to defeat Tameka Gaines Holly (D), who received 6,868 votes (48.09%).

• In District 9, Tyrona Clark-Murray (D) received 5,257 votes (54.62%) to win against Mike Muldoon (R), who received 4,367 votes (45.38%).

• In District 11, Raul Arias (R) won with 8,197 votes (53.47%) against Ramon Day (D), who received 7,133 votes (46.53%).

• In District 14, Rahman Johnson (D) won with 6,436 votes (52.76%) over John Draper (R), who received 5,763 votes (47.24%).

Council Republicans retained their 14-5 majority over Democrats. 

Ken Amaro (R) won the primary election March 21 for the District 1 seat, replacing Joyce Morgan, the new property appraiser. Both previously had careers in local television news.

The only other party swap came in District 14, where Johnson won the seat held by term-limited Republican Sam Newby.

Districts 7, 8, 9, and 10 seats remain held by Democrats.

According to the Supervisor of Elections website, voter turnout was 33.05%, with 217,911 of a possible 659,251 registered voters casting ballots.

It took a little more than 90 minutes from the time the polls closed May 16 to have early voting and election day results tabulated. These numbers also include mail-in ballots.

In the race for mayor, Donna Deegan defeated Daniel Davis. See that story here. For the story about Daniel Davis, click here.



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