Duval County

WATCH: Jacksonville mayoral candidates Daniel Davis & Donna Deegan debate at UNF

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Republican Daniel Davis and Democrat Donna Deegan sparred for an hour on Thursday night in Action News Jax’s Jacksonville mayoral debate at the University of North Florida.

Both candidates gave voters something to think about ahead of the city’s General Election, which will be held on Tuesday, May 16.


In the First Election on Tuesday, March 21, Davis and Deegan gained enough votes to move on to a runoff.

On Thursday night, Action News Jax Anchors John Bachman and Tenikka Hughes asked Davis and Deegan questions about crime prevention, downtown development priorities, whether they would commit to not selling publicly owned utility JEA, and Confederate monuments in the city.

“The University of North Florida is proud to host this debate in partnership with Action News Jax,” UNF President Moez Limayem said in a news release ahead of the debate. “This is an important race for our city’s future, and UNF is pleased to provide a forum for mayoral candidates to discuss the issues that matter most to Jacksonville’s voters.”


After the debate, Action News Jax’s Ben Becker spoke to Nick Howland, a Republican Jacksonville City Council member representing At-Large Group 3 and Duval Democratic Party Chairman Daniel Henry right after the debate ended to get their take on how each candidate did.

You can watch that conversation by clicking here.

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