Al Ferraro unsure whether to endorse Daniel Davis for Jax Mayor
Next Mayor? WBOB straw poll says so.

'I don’t know right now.'

The Jacksonville mayoral campaign appeared to create enmity within both Democratic and Republican circles as voters decide who will take the helm after Mayor Lenny Curry leaves office.

Speaking after an event, City Councilman Al Ferraro couldn’t say if he would endorse fellow Republican Daniel Davis, who made it to the runoff with Democratic candidate Donna Deegan.

“I don’t know right now,” Ferraro said.

The fight among Republicans to make it to the runoff delved deep into negative campaigning, including between Davis and LeAnna Cumber about who was the “real conservative” in the race.

The accusations and characterizations made of Cumber by the Davis campaign began to include Ferraro after it was clear he posed more of a challenge to Davis than Cumber, through well-reviewed debate performances and higher polling.

The first round of voting closed out with Davis leading the three at 25%, while Ferraro received 16% third, behind Deegan and Davis while Cumber ended in fifth place with 8%.

Many of the Davis campaign’s attacks on Ferraro came by way of direct mail. Davis has an active mail operation, one that also sent out Christmas and birthday mail pieces to their list of Jacksonville voters, a list that included Ferraro.

He spoke to Davis on the issue, according to the Times-Union.

“I said, ‘You gave me a Christmas card, a birthday card and a bunch of hate mail. Do you love me or do you love to hate me?’” Ferraro said. “So, he said, ‘I want to win.’”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the partisan divide, former Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson made her feelings clear about the actions of the Deegan campaign earlier this week, saying, “I want to make sure my disgust with this race is out there,” Gibson said.

She noted her name and her family name was “denigrated,” as was her “legacy of service,” by persistent “attacks and lies” claiming she was a “Republican plant” in the race to keep Deegan from winning outright on March 21.

Gibson received 9% of the vote, while Deegan led the field with 39%.

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:


  • Write In

    March 24, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    Let’s do a write in candidate: Al Ferraro

  • Andrew Moss

    March 24, 2023 at 11:36 pm

    Conservatives for Donna. Buck the Baker Machine.

  • Nick Howlands

    March 24, 2023 at 11:37 pm

    Dan Davis sucks. He’s an empty suit like me. Republicans for Donna. Buck Davis.

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