Jacksonville City Council District 14 Candidate: Randy DeFoor

Jacksonville City Council District 14 Candidate: Randy DeFoor

Candidate Name: Randy DeFoor

Age: 55

Family:  Spouse: J. Allison DeFoor, 3 biological children: Mac, Will and Anne Bayley Shoemaker; 3 step children: Missy DeFoor, Kate DeLoach and James DeFoor; 2 grandchildren

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Occupation: Senior Vice President, National Agency Counsel, Fidelity National Financial

Education: Bachelor's Degree, University of the South; Juris Doctorate, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

Political Experience: None- I have been appointed to the FSCJ Board, former chair, JIA- CRA, current chair and appointed to what was formally known as the JEDC

Campaign Website: randydefoor.com

What are the three biggest issues facing the citizens of Duval County?
Public Safety, Workforce Development and Infrastructure

If you secure a victory, what are your primary goals for your term in office?
My priority is to work diligently to ensure that Jacksonville is the best it can be. This will involve taking a hard look at how our community can work together to address the safety issues we face and being intentional with how we approach growth and economic development in our city. We need to focus on a long-term plan for our community. Many of our children are struggling to find career opportunities in Jacksonville. We need to work hard to ensure that our children have a reason to stay here.

What makes you the best candidate to help the citizens of Duval County?
My family has been in Jacksonville for five generations. Jacksonville is not just another city, it is my home and heritage. I bring a host of experience as a lawyer and business woman that can assist Jacksonville in attaining its best self. This will require vision and courage. This is not a resume builder for me. I view this as a privilege to serve the community I love. My sole agenda is what is best for all of us.

Would you support the privatization of JEA?
At this time, no one seems to know the value of the JEA. In the business sector, any conversation concerning a sale is a non-starter if you don't understand your worth. All my decisions will be based on what is best and right for Jacksonville.

What is the last book you read?
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr