Randy DeFoor endorses Donna Deegan for Jacksonville Mayor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Republican councilwoman Randy DeFoor endorses Democrat Donna Deegan, just one week before Election Day.


Defoor released the following statement with her endorsement:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men [and women] do nothing. I simply cannot do nothing in the face of what I believe to be a serious threat to this city that we love. I am known to be direct, so let me be so now. The simple facts are these: How you run a campaign is reflective of how you will govern. If that is true, Daniel Davis’ campaign has shown clearly who he is and who and what values will be guiding him in the future. I believe that 4, potentially 8 more years of that kind of thuggery shown in the campaign will wreak havoc on our city. No one can be safe, or prosper in a city run with Chicago-style rules, and the truth goes out the window. Worse he and his handlers seek to divide us, neighbor against neighbor. Donna Deegan and I do not agree on some issues, but I know her heart, and she loves our city and would not make a move that would harm her home. Like my family, she is a multi-generation Jacksonville native. She is honest. And right now that is more important than anything else. I urge everyone to pause and ponder the issue of honesty before they vote.”

—  Randy DeFoor

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DeFoor is senior vice president and national agency counsel for Fidelity National Financial, a Fortune 500 company, and represents District 14 on the Jacksonville City Council. A 5th-generation Jacksonville native, Randy served as a commissioner of the Jacksonville Economic Development from 2006 to 2012 and recently served on the Jacksonville International Airport Community Redevelopment Area.

In response to her endorsement, mayoral candidate Donna Deegan said, “Councilwoman DeFoor has always shown a willingness to do what’s right regardless of party. I’m grateful to have her support and look forward to working with everyone who loves this city to make Jacksonville work for all of us. It’s time to put aside the politics of fear and division and bring this community together.”

Deegan emerged as the Democratic nominee following the March 21 general election and will face Republican Daniel Davis in a run-off election on May 16.

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