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.