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Ron Salem kicks off 2019 Jacksonville City Council race with high-powered fundraiser

Last week, Ron Salem became the first candidate to file for 2019’s Jacksonville City Council races.

The Southside Republican, running to replace termed-out John Crescimbeni in At-Large Group 2, is almost immediately set up as the candidate to beat in that race.

The proof: an invite for a fundraiser next week, featuring an all-star list of supporters that includes two former mayors, myriad lobbyists, and the crown jewels of the donor class.

Among the almost 100 listed supporters: big donors Peter Rummell, Gary Chartrand and J.B. Coxwell; former Mayors John Delaney and John Peyton; lobbyists Marty Fiorentino and Deno Hicks; former Jax Chamber Chair Audrey Moran; Jacksonville’s chief administrative officer, Sam Mousa; and dozens of other names of similar prominence and legacy in Jacksonville.

Salem is going to put these resources to use: Tim Baker and Brian Hughes will serve as consultants for his campaign, launched over two years even before the first election in March 2017.

Former two-term Jacksonville City Councilman and mayoral candidate Bill Bishop has discussed running for this seat.

Bishop, who had no answer for the Baker/Hughes barrage in his 2015 mayoral race against Lenny Curry, will face challenges against Salem, an insider’s insider who clearly has the building blocks for a formidable campaign.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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