CM Joyce Morgan has always been involved in community service, but her position as an elected official lends her the opportunity to make real change for the better. She loves the river, the diverse neighborhoods, and the people of her district. Race relations in the city keep Jacksonville from moving forward, she said, and this can be remediated by developing real respect for our differences.
CM LeAnna Cumber (District 5) has been actively involved in the community for nearly ten years - being on city council, she’s able to enact policies and direct funding based on her constituents’ voices and needs. She loves the parks and playgrounds in her district and works hard to make them safe and accessible. CM Cumber wants to create a busy, vibrant, walkable downtown.
CM Reggie Gaffney believes that public and community service are part of God’s calling for him. He said the best part of being on city council is meeting constituents and being of service to them. The neighborhoods in his district are diverse and he appreciates the variety of perspectives from them. The crime and killing in Jacksonville break CM Gaffney’s heart, and he’s worked consistently to combat it by creating jobs and providing resources.
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CM Ju’Coby Pittman (District Eight) loves the people, neighborhoods, parks, and history of Jacksonville. Getting constituents and city government to work collaboratively to address concerns through legislation is rewarding to her. CM Pittman’s vision is to improve quality of life through economic development and improved safety and infrastructure. She wishes to heal our city from COVID-19.
CM Garrett Dennis (District Nine) loves the people of his district and being able to serve them and the rest of Jacksonville is the best part about being on city council to him. He looks forward to addressing neglected infrastructure challenges for his constituents this year. If CM Dennis could change one thing about Jacksonville, it would be the mayor.
CM Brenda Priestly Jackson said the best part about being on city council is the opportunity to serve her neighbors and build a shared vision with her colleagues. She loves the sense of belonging in District 10, her beloved community. CM Priestly Jackson would like to see improved infrastructure, more economic opportunity, and more artistic and creative representation for her constituents.
Moving projects forward and seeing them go from an idea to a reality is tremendously rewarding for CM Danny Becton (District 11). His know-how and connections in community service prepared him for public service, in which he focuses on quality of life for his constituents by building and improving public areas like parks and pathways.
CM Rory Diamond (District 13) likes to make real change in pushing our city forward on city council. He said corruption is crippling our ability to be a truly great city and found the JEA investigation to be a great opportunity to do good. He loves his district for the beach and the awesome people.
CM Randy DeFoor’s (District 14) vision for Jacksonville is a city for young professionals, artists and families to put down roots. She said that for being such a beautiful city with so much going for it, we are too humble and need to do a better job of telling our story. Her favorite part of being on city council is serving the community and making quality of life better for her constituents.
CM Ronald Salem (At-Large 2) serves the entire county on city council. To him, the best thing about being on the council is the ability to help people and organizations solve issues. If he could change anything about Jacksonville, he would solve the violent crime problem in the community.
Council President Tommy Hazouri (At-Large Three) loves calling Jacksonville home and serving the city’s current and future needs. He leads the council, setting goals and addressing specific issues to make true and lasting change. Even with his recent lung transplant, CP Hazouri maintains his commitment to lead what he believes is the most progressive and accomplished council in the city’s history.
CM Matt Carlucci (At-Large Four) frequently works 14 hour days, but making positive change makes it all worthwhile to him. He represents the city at large and loves Jacksonville’s diverse traditions and cultures. San Marco is particularly close to his heart, he has lived there his whole life and will never move. CM Carlucci would like to see less crime, less litter, a more vibrant downtown, and a Jaguars Super Bowl championship for the city.