Hillary Clinton campaign to kick off first Jacksonville canvassing on Saturday morning

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The Hillary Clinton campaign, already aggressively running phone banks across Florida, will kick off its first door-to-door canvassing effort in Jacksonville on Saturday morning.

“We’ve got a huge focus on field, making phone calls and knocking on doors, really to have those conversations with as many people as possible to let them know the primary is coming up. Those face-to-face conversations are hugely important and the most effective,” said Maggie Seppi, the campaign organizer running the Jacksonville field office.

Seppi says volunteer canvassers will set out from the office at 4830 Atlantic Boulevard at 11 a.m. Saturday, and will hit several nearby precincts, potentially including the Arlington neighborhood represented by Jacksonville City Councilwoman Joyce Morgan.

Phone banks and door-knockers will of course target registered Democrats in advance of the state’s closed March 15th primary. African-American voters can be expected to get a heavy focus in the wake of Clinton’s win in Nevada (and expected victory in South Carolina).

“We want to make sure everybody in the community knows the primary is coming up, and knows Hillary is fighting for women, children and every family across the board. That she has everyone in mind when she makes decisions.”

Melissa Ross

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 [email protected]


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