Terrance Freeman, Ron Salem re-elected to Jacksonville City Council

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City Council leadership bats 1.000 in re-election bids.

The current President and Vice President of the Jacksonville City Council swatted challenges Tuesday, each securing four-year terms.

In the at large Group 1 race, City Council President Terrance Freeman defeated Libertarian challenger Eric Parker with 65% of the vote to Parker’s 35%.

Freeman, a Republican appointed to the Council by Rick Scott in 2018 and elected the next year, ran a quiet campaign. Parker was a regular at many candidate forums. But money was on Freeman’s side. Between his campaign account and his political committee, For the Future We Want, he raised more than $275,000. Parker raised less than $20,000.

Polling from the University of North Florida showed Freeman up 16 points in late February, even as Democrats and no-party voters backed Parker by 21 points and 8 points, respectively. 

City Council Vice President Ron Salem faced an even closer race against Democrat Joshua Hicks. Salem won with 53% of the vote. Salem dominated Election Day vote, taking advantage of a Republican surge, though Hicks carried early voting and vote by mail. 

The same UNF poll showed a 1-point race, with Hicks holding a 6-point lead among no-party voters. But Salem was able to overcome that edge. Salem spent more than $335,000 on the race, Duval County Supervisor of Elections records show, while Hicks spent less than $130,000 total.

Freeman and Salem presented as a united front, as evidenced by a Tuesday tweet from the former extolling the “winning ticket.”

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

  • Seber Newsome III

    March 21, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    Congratulations to Mr. Freeman and Mr. Salem!!!

    • CHARLOTTE JONES

      March 22, 2023 at 12:38 am

      GOD BLESS MR.FREEMAN AND MR.SALEM THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO DUVAL COUNTY. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY 🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸

  • Respectful

    March 22, 2023 at 3:13 am

    Congratulations to Mr. Parker, very respectful showing with such a limited budget.

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