Tony Cummings: Former JSO officer, Army reservist, announces run for sheriff

Cummings ran against JSO Sheriff Mike Williams in 2019 and 2015.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A former JSO officer is throwing his name in the hat for a shot at being Jacksonville’s top cop, again.

Tony Cummings announced Monday he will make a run for Jacksonville Sheriff.

Cummings, a Democrat, ran against Sheriff Mike Williams in 2019 and 2015. Because Williams is serving his second term he is not eligible for reelection.

The election will be held in March 2023.

“Since the 2019 election, I have been approached by known democrats and republicans who praised our campaign team’s performance, and acknowledged that it has sparked serious behind the scene conversations about the prospects of improved police and community relationships in Jacksonville, Cummings said. “The comments were both humbling and gratifying at the same time. But make no mistake about it. Their enthusiasm about the future of JSO and community relationships is because of you — The Voter.

”Join the 56,780 Duval County voters who in 2019 made the right choice. Jacksonville, we know what needs to be done. Now, let’s just do it.”

Cummings is the third Democratic candidate to register for the race. He joins Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office assistant chief Lakesha Burton and veteran JSO officer Wayne Clark Sr.

JSO Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters and Chief of Special Events Mat Nemeth are running as Republican candidates.

Samantha Mathers

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