Garrett Dennis’ bank accounts garnished after business debt default
Garrett Dennis speaks at Valencia Way. Image via A.G. Gancarski

The Jacksonville City Council member had an unpaid construction equipment bill.

A Jacksonville City Council member running for the state House is facing a court ordered garnishment after a court decision last month.

Democrat Garrett Dennis, who represents City Council District 9, was subject to a $37,500 garnishment from the Edward Don Company.

Shifting Gears LLC, a company Dennis controls, applied for more than $40,000 credit with Edward Don Company, an Illinois kitchen equipment company, in 2017 and received delivery of various goods, but he did not pay to the plaintiff’s satisfaction, leading to the company to filing its case in the 4th Judicial Circuit earlier in 2021.

The garnishment appears to have come almost entirely out of Dennis’ Shifting Gears account with the local VyStar Credit Union.

That checking account had $74,875 available as of November. Dennis and his family had a number of personal accounts with just over $37 between them with the same financial institution.

Dennis said the economic disruptions created by the coronavirus caused the issues, as his construction company was involved in a number of kitchen build outs when changes came due in 2020.

“Our business just collapsed during COVID,” Dennis related, saying the “construction industry came to a halt” more broadly.

“Everybody was scrambling, we got caught,” Dennis added, noting he had personally guaranteed the loan.

“We pay our debts,” he added, saying the matter is resolved and there aren’t additional judgments lurking.

Dennis is in his second and final term on the Jacksonville City Council. He has already filed to succeed Rep. Tracie Davis in House District 13. Davis is running for Senate.

In his first month as a filed candidate for the Florida House, Dennis raised more than $40,000 between his campaign and political committee. Donors often associated with Republican candidates, such as Ambassador John Rood and the Vestcor Companies, were among Dennis’ early backers.

Changes are coming to House districts, however, which would affect Dennis’ candidacy.

Dennis is in House District 12 in both proposed maps under consideration, a district that could span the St. Johns River and that would be inhospitable to a Democrat in the General Election.

Current Rep. Wyman Duggan, who represents Jacksonville’s Westside, would be drawn into the same district, complicating Dennis’ path further, assuming he doesn’t move to the remapped HD 13.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Additional Judgments Lurking

    December 28, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    To SHIFTING GEARS L.L.C. ALTO-SHAAM INC. 2021191206 07/26/2021 JUDGMENT OR 19832/1700
    To SHIFTING GEARS LLC LOW TEMP INDUSTRIES INC. 2021191215 07/26/2021 JUDGMENT OR 19832/1710


    December 29, 2021 at 4:57 am

    This is not even mentioned in the Florida Times Union today, why?

    • Lyn

      January 3, 2022 at 3:01 pm

      That’s a good question, how is it that this isn’t being discussed in the T.U. This is a great article by A.G., I also wonder how a pandemic in 2019 affects unpaid bills in 2017!

  • Brandi Hill

    December 29, 2021 at 9:11 am

    He should have just asked for the seed money from his parents. Doesn’t he have any rich family or friends to “invest” in his company with zero interest loans? what is wrong with this guy?

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