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Florida Family Action PAC urges Jax voters to support anti-HRO candidates

As early voting gets under way in Duval County, the Orlando-based Florida Family Action PAC has sent out a voter guide advising socially conservative residents as they to go the polls to choose a new Jacksonville City Council.

“These City Council candidates OPPOSE granting special rights based on ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ and SUPPORT Natural Marriage and Religious Freedom,” the flier reads.

In the at-large races, the PAC endorses Group 1 candidate Kimberly Daniels, Group 3 candidate Geoff Youngblood, and Group 5 candidate Sam Newby.

Other endorsed candidates: District 1’s Mike Anania, District 2’s Al Ferraro, District 7’s Reggie Gaffney, and District 8’s Pat Lockett-Felder.

The flier reminds voters that Election Day is May 19 and provides a telephone number to request a ballot by mail, along with listing early voting sites.

The Florida Family Action PAC describes its mission as one of participating “in political action activities that create a strong and effective voice for Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage and Pro-Family decisions in Florida,” according to the PAC’s website.

It’s not the first time this election season that voters in Duval have received fliers concerning the hot-button issue of Jacksonville’s human rights ordinance. LGBT activists have become increasingly vocal in their push to update the city’s HRO to include language protecting people of other sexual orientations from discrimination in jobs, housing, and public accommodations. Last week, 2011 mayoral candidate Audrey Moran made waves when she used her time at the podium accepting a OneJax Humanitarian Award to call out Mayor Alvin Brown and his challenger Lenny Curry, both in the audience, on the city’s Human Right Ordinance.

Moran, now vice president of corporate and social responsibility for Baptist Health, challenged Brown and Curry to issue a joint statement pledging to support a comprehensive anti-discrimination ordinance. She received a standing ovation, according to people at the Thursday event.

“It’s really helpful when the opponents of equality help us out by telling voters who not to support,” says Jimmy Midyette, chair of the Northeast Florida LGBT PAC. Midyette’s PAC has released its own list of endorsed candidates in the Jacksonville races, as has Equality Florida.

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In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at m.ross66211@gmail.com.

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