Beaches Mayors, Council members endorse Chet Stokes in HD 16
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The Jacksonville Beach Councilman is in his first term.

Jacksonville Beach City Councilman Chet Stokes, within a week of launching his campaign for the Republican nomination in the new House District 16, buttressed his effort by earning support from two Beaches Mayors, three Jacksonville Beach City Council members and a Jacksonville City Council member. 

“Chet Stokes is the leader our region needs in Tallahassee,” Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond said in a statement. “An authentic conservative, Chet will fight for our way of life and defend our constitutional freedoms. I am proud to lend him my support and endorsement.”

Diamond has his own higher office ambitions, and is looking at the newly drawn Florida’s 4th Congressional District.

Stokes won his at-large seat on the Jacksonville City Council in 2020 with around 52% of the vote, and is still in his first term. The current vice president at Stokes Land Group, Stokes is also managing partner of Marsh Landing Country Club.

“Jacksonville’s beach communities will have a strong ally with Chet Stokes serving in the Legislature,” Jacksonville Beach Mayor Chris Hoffman said in a statement. “I am proud to support his campaign and encourage residents to join me in voting for Chet on August 23rd.”

Joining Hoffman in backing their fellow Council member were Dan Janson, Fernando Meza and Cory Nichols. Neptune Beach Mayor Elaine Brown also offered her support.

“Chet Stokes has been involved and has shown a passion to protect and ensure our quality of life for our Beaches communities,” Brown said in a statement. “We need someone in Tallahassee that understands and represents the needs of our three beach cities. I am excited to see that he is running for State Representative. We need OUR representative in Tallahassee.”

Notably, Rep. Cord Byrd, who represented part of the area under the old maps and was redistricted out of his old district, is a Neptune Beach resident and has yet to make his future intentions known.

Wes Wolfe

Wes Wolfe is a reporter who's worked for newspapers across the South, winning press association awards for his work in Georgia and the Carolinas. He lives in Jacksonville and previously covered state politics, environmental issues and courts for the News-Leader in Fernandina Beach. You can reach Wes at [email protected] and @WesWolfeFP. Facebook:


  • Chris Foley

    April 26, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    He bombed at the First Coast Republican Club last night. Felt bad for him.

  • Fletcher Rules

    April 27, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Chet is a nice fellow but has had an undistinguished 15 months on the Jacksonville Beach City Council. He would be wise to spend a bit more time getting to know his adopted city before seeking higher office.

  • Robert Leslie

    April 29, 2022 at 7:04 am

    I’m sorry, but 15 months experience as a city councilman in Jax Beach does not convey a knowledge and understanding of the system or requirements for State Representative.

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