Three North Florida sheriffs endorse John Rutherford for CD 4
Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford


Former Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford continues to rack up endorsements in his run for Jacksonville’s open Congressional seat.

Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar and Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper are all supporting Rutherford as he seeks to replace outgoing Congressman Ander Crenshaw, who is retiring, in Congressional District 4.

“John Rutherford is a proven leader and a dear friend. He has shown time and time again that he is committed to north Florida.  Having John represent us in the U.S. House will make us proud,” said Shoar.

Rutherford is seen as the front-runner to win the seat, enjoying high poll numbers and widespread name recognition. He has also won the endorsement of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the financial backing of local kingmaker Peter Rummell. However, as this website has reported, some area Republicans are seeking an alternative name for the race.

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]

One comment

  • TrumpyTrain

    April 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Breaking News: Birds of a feather stick together! How is this even Newsworthy?

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