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LeAnna Cumber launches bid for Jacksonville City Council

On Friday, LeAnna Cumber filed paperwork to launch a long-expected campaign for Jacksonville City Council.

Cumber, a well-connected Republican, will be running to replace termed-out Lori Boyer in Council District 5.

Notable: This is Mayor Lenny Curry‘s Council district. And Cumber’s campaign — like those of District 13 candidate Rory Diamond, District 14 hopeful Randy DeFoor, and at-large candidate Ron Salem — will be run by Tim Baker and Brian Hughes, Curry’s political advisers who seem to be cornering the market on pragmatic Republican candidates.

Cumber, an alumna of the University of Southern California law school, currently works as a consultant, helping governmental entities secure transportation funding.

Cumber also serves on a city board currently in transition: The Jacksonville Children’s Commission, which will be phased out in the coming months, replaced by Curry’s Kids Hope Alliance.

LeAnna Cumber’s husband Husein is likewise well-connected, both in the city and beyond. Cumber, a Jacksonville Electric Authority board member and VP of Florida East Coast Industries, was a fundraising “Ranger” for George W. Bush‘s reelection campaign — raising over $250,000 for the former president.

Mrs. Cumber is the only Republican in the race; however, a Democrat filed in September. Youth coach James Jacobs ended the month with $253.38 in his campaign account.

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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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