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A ‘calling’ drives Celestine Mills to run again for Jacksonville City Council

A Democrat who lost in 2015 to Reggie Brown in the race for the District 10 seat on the Jacksonville City Council District 10 is trying again in 2019.

Celestine Mills filed recently to run for the open seat. Brown is term-limited from running again.

Mills failed to get any donor class traction in her previous run for office, cobbling together less than $4,000 in donations from friends and family.

Running against an entrenched incumbent, she received nearly 19 percent of the vote in the northwest Jacksonville district.

Now, with Brown being termed out, Mills sees an opening.

“It’s time for a new voice,” said Mills … someone who is “visible,” who listens and fosters “cohesiveness” in the Northwest Jacksonville district.

Mills, who said she had a “calling” to run, admitted the race is “not going to be easy.”

When asked to assess incumbent Reggie Brown, who is expected to stay active in politics, Mills was circumspect.

“He’s doing the best he can do,” Mills said.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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