The federal racial gerrymandering case that upended the Jacksonville City Council’s district map, proving the city had segregated voters on the basis of race for decades, has finally ended.
The Jacksonville City Council agreed to pay $100,000 and accept the plaintiff’s district map after losing five times in federal court.
Jacksonville’s general counsel filed a bill that would mean the City Council would give up its fight against civil-rights plaintiffs in its federal racial gerrymandering case.
Today is Election Day in Jacksonville. That means voters will cast ballots in the city’s races for mayor, property appraiser and 15 of the 19 City Council seats.
Three Republicans – a lawyer, a special education teacher and an electrician– are battling each other to replace District 2 city council member Al Ferraro who is running for mayor.
A journalist with a storied career and a real estate agent who says he understands the neighborhood’s challenges are competing for votes as the newest Jacksonville City Council member representing District 1 in Arlington.
Jacksonville City Council District 1 candidate Alton McGriff Jr. falsely claimed to have graduated with “high honors” from FSCJ. But he never did.
Nahshon Nicks, a Democratic candidate for Jacksonville’s City Council At-Large Group 5, may have violated the city’s charter by living outside of the residency boundaries for the seat, according to public records.
The Jacksonville City Council plans to vote Friday on new district maps after the old ones were struck down as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, yet after three days of committee meetings, it’s not clear that the council has enough votes to approve the maps.
Even as the city faces a lawsuit alleging it illegally passed non-compact districts, Jacksonville’s top lawyer told City Council members they didn’t need to worry about whether their new districts were oddly shaped or not.