Kim Daniels seeds Jacksonville City Council campaign with $45,000 personal loan
Rev. Kim Daniels. Image via Charisma Magazine.

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The so-called 'Demonbuster' antes up for a political comeback.

Former Rep. Kim Daniels, running for the Jacksonville City Council in District 10, put $45,000 of her own money into her 2023 campaign in June.

For Daniels, a socially conservative Democrat, exorcist, and minister described as the “Demonbuster,” this sort of move is nothing new.

In previous campaigns for the City Council and the state House, Daniels would often move large sums of her own money into the account. The timing here is early, suggesting she seeks to keep the field clear of serious opposition.

Two other candidates have filed for the race in District 10. Neither NPA candidate Chandra Ford nor Democrat Celestine Mills has reported any money raised.

Daniels represented House District 14 from 2016 to 2020, losing in last year’s Democratic Primary to Rep. Angie Nixon. The race wasn’t close; Daniels lost by almost 20 points. She had also served citywide on the Jacksonville City Council for one term, from 2011 to 2015. She lost her reelection bid to a socially moderate Republican.

Daniels running as a Democrat is notable, in part because upon her loss to Nixon last summer, she contended she was “tired of struggling with Democrats.”

“I told my haters and my enemies in Tallahassee that if you don’t like me, put someone in the race and let them take the position, and that’s what happened,” she added.

However, there is “life after a loss,” Daniels said in August.

“The last time I lost my race for the City Council, I ended up in the House of Representatives. Where is God taking me now?”

Daniels’ campaign in Council District 10, a district that extends through Jacksonville’s Westside and Northwest Quadrant, was made easier because incumbent Brenda Priestly Jackson is running at large in 2023.

Priestly Jackson, in her first month as a candidate, reported no fundraising. Thus far, former Army Colonel Chris Miller, who is a Republican, is on the ballot as opposition. Libertarian Jerry Rorabaugh is also running.

Jacksonville city elections do not have partisan primaries. All candidates will be on the March ballot. If no one scores a majority, the top two finishers, regardless of party, move on to a runoff election in May.

A.G. Gancarski

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

One comment

  • Johny Reb

    July 16, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Why do people complain so much about her religious beliefs??? Leave her alone.

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