New LeAnna Cumber ad takes aim at Daniel Davis, Donna Deegan

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A radio spot in the Jax mayoral race hits tax, immigration stances.

With the 2022 election in the rearview mirror, Jacksonville’s 2023 mayoral race is beginning to heat up, as a new spot from LeAnna Gutierrez Cumber shows.

In a minute-long radio spot entitled “Daniel and Donna,” the case is made that Republican Daniel Davis and Democrat Donna Deegan are two sides of the same coin, pointing to a few policy positions to make that case.

“Tax-raisers Daniel Davis and Donna Deegan both supported doubling the gas tax during record inflation while families are struggling,” the ad contends. “We need to cut taxes, taxes that have taken a toll on all of us.”

Cumber was just one of five City Council members who opposed the so-called “Jobs for Jax” package, a legacy play for outgoing Mayor Lenny Curry that raises the local option gas tax to 12 cents a gallon through 2050.

Some groused at the time that the revenue was intended as a “slush fund” for Davis, whose mayoral intentions were clear long before the formal launch of the campaign. The Jax Chamber, which Davis heads, backed the plan.

From there, the ad ties Deegan and Davis again, and zeroes in on a familiar claim made against Republicans who served in the Legislature years ago.

“Daniel Davis and Donna Deegan’s scary ideas don’t stop there. Not only did they support doubling the gas tax to pay for the skyway to nowhere, they support providing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants,” referring to a bill passed in 2013, when Davis was in Tallahassee, that would have allowed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants to get drivers’ licenses.

That bill was vetoed by then-Gov. Rick Scott.

The contrast ad from Cumber comes amid a race in flux. The most recent University of North Florida poll showed nearly half of the respondents didn’t back any of the candidates in what is a nine-person field.

Cumber has the resources to amplify this message, should she wish. Between her campaign account and her JAX First political committee, she has nearly $2.8 million on hand. That makes her the second leading fundraiser in the field, behind Davis, who has over $4.4 million between his campaign account and his Building a Better Economy committee.

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


3 comments

  • No to Davis

    November 10, 2022 at 6:42 am

    Daniel Davis will not win. He wants to remove history. Southerners and those who love history will not vote for him, and we make up enough of the electorate to make a difference. And Deegan is a Gillum loving socialist.

  • NO to Cumber or Davis, Yes to Donna Deegan

    November 10, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Note: Cumber did not use her own voice. It might reveal too much about her.
    Her version of Jax First mean selling out to Rick Perry and other high rollers that donated to her Campaign. Right along with Davis.

    Can’t grow an economy, repair infrastructure and make the city work for investors without money that comes from taxes. Today is a perfect day to test the need. Just look at the flooding and standing water on Jax.

    Donna Deegan is the right choice for Jax.

  • Ted Macie

    November 11, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Interesting that there’s no mention of Al Ferraro. Fairly sure he’s been in this race longer than these other candidates.

    Does it have anything to do with big money and establishment agendas?

    Seems like there’s a narrative here at Florida politics.

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