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Danny Becton chases second Jacksonville City Council term

On Friday, first-term Republican Danny Becton made official his interest in a second term on the Jacksonville City Council, filing for re-election.

Becton, who represents the Baymeadows area and points south, faced no competition in 2015.

The filing comes just weeks after Becton lost a close race for Council VP-designate to Scott Wilson, a loss that saw familiar divides on the Council surface yet again, with most of those who voted the year before for President Anna Brosche falling in behind Becton.

Soon after that, Becton parted ways with his Council assistant, Dan McDonald, though the Councilman denied “baseless” City Hall speculation that the staff shake-up was a result of him losing the VP race.

“That is absurd,” Becton said when asked. “I am not that petty!”

McDonald, a longtime Florida Times-Union writer, served Denise Lee before Becton came onto the Council.

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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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