Jax Democrat Eric Smith will run in Congressional District 4

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Eric Smith, a Jacksonville Democrat and City Council mainstay of the 20th century, told the Florida Times-Union he would run in Congressional District 4.

Smith, a three-term state legislator, told the Times-Union Thursday that “no party should own a congressional district and nobody should be sent to Washington because of their party affiliation.”

Smith, who last served on Jacksonville’s City Council in 1999, narrowly lost a special election to Ronnie Fussell for an at-large seat on council in 2005. He followed that up with a 2010 loss for Duval County School Board to Becki Couch, who beat him 56 percent to 23 percent.

For 32 years ending in 2015, Smith hosted a long-running public access show on Jacksonville cable television, People and Politics, a program which hosted figures ranging from former Attorney General Edwin Meese to actor Forrest Tucker.

Smith also was a factor in Alvin Brown‘s re-election campaign, endorsing the mayor last May, and collaborating with Brown on a conference call with reporters in May also.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski

One comment

  • David Hoffman

    May 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Eric Smith is an Honorable man of Good Character & shall get this Republican’s Vote. Experience Counts!

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