Carluccis split in Jax mayoral race endorsements
Can the Carluccis pull off a twofer?

Joe backs Republican Davis, Matt backs Democrat Deegan.

Joe and Matt Carlucci have split their endorsements in the Jacksonville mayoral race.

The younger Carlucci, a City Council member-elect, is endorsing Republican Daniel Davis, while the father is endorsing Democrat Donna Deegan.

“I’ve had a front-row seat to important mayoral races my entire life and here’s what I’ve learned: experience and leadership matter. Daniel Davis has the experience and the leadership we need to make Jacksonville a safer and more affordable city for all,” said Joe Carlucci.

“As a father and a business owner, I’m in full support of Daniel Davis and ready to serve alongside him on behalf of Jacksonville’s hardworking families.”

Davis responded to Joe Carlucci’s support with a statement of his own.

“Joe represents the next generation of conservative leaders in our city, and I am proud to have him on our winning team,” Davis said. “With just 18 days until the election, I am thrilled with the momentum we are building and honored to have the support of pro-law enforcement leaders like Joe, along with our Sheriff TK Waters, former Sheriff and current Congressman John Rutherford and the Fraternal Order of Police.”

This endorsement follows at large Council member Matt Carlucci backing Deegan Thursday.

“I have followed this race closely, observed all candidates, and have admired Deegan’s approach. From town hall meetings and positive campaigning to her open-door media policy and sticking to issues, her deep level of community investment and involvement is undeniable and is of utmost importance when it comes to leading such a diverse and expansive city like Jacksonville,” Matt Carlucci said.

“As I have always said, party politics shouldn’t play a role in local governance. And that’s why Jacksonville moves best when it moves together. I believe Donna Deegan is capable of building a dynamic administration who, combined, will help move Jacksonville forward. A key part of that capability is truly recognizing those who have been left behind — those who have gone unheard — and she works hard on their behalf too.”

Deegan also released a statement.

“As fellow Jacksonville natives with family roots that go back generations, Matt and I share a deep love and commitment to this city,” Deegan said.

“He has been a go-to voice of reason in the community, maintaining objectivity and an unwavering commitment to serving all Jacksonville residents regardless of party lines. His leadership and advocacy, particularly in his early opposition to the privatization of JEA, demonstrate his dedication to the well-being of our residents. I am honored to receive his support and thank him for trusting in my ability to lead Jacksonville forward as your next mayor.”

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Fop retired

    April 28, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Joe is NOT a chip off the ole block!! Well done

  • John Wilkson

    April 28, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Matt really doesn’t get it after all these years… Put his son in a very awkward position!! Aren’t they supposed to be Republicans??

    • Mike

      April 28, 2023 at 1:31 pm

      That’s the problem with politics, only support the person with your parties affiliation.
      You should vote for the best person we believe can do the job…..that’s why I’m an independent John.

  • gloriajame

    April 28, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Tit for tat… yawn. Do these endorsements really matter?? Dynasty politicians don’t move the needle an inch for most

  • Lex

    April 28, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Didn’t Joe’s entire business get handed to him by his dad anyway?? Looks like La familia is hedging their bets here

  • Oscar

    April 28, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    How could anyone endorse Donna Deegan… particularly a Republican?? 🦏 Good for Joe

  • No more Biden

    April 28, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Yawn! Who cares about these two!!

  • Debbie Swenson

    April 28, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    That’ll make for an awkward thanksgiving!

  • ECS

    April 28, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    I am disgusted by this. Matt should change parties. Bet he made some kind of deal with her fir something spwcial in rwturn for his endorsement. The Republucan Party should shun him starting immediately. Hes tainted his family name and put his own son in an untenable position. Shane on you Matt Carlucci, you foukd have at least not endorsed either one, that’s done all of the time. He’s a fine example of why we need term limits….voters, recimmend he be dispised of the next time he runs…he’s just dirt on the shoes of real Republicans. One more word comes to mind: TRAITOR.

    • ECS

      April 28, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Please excuse my typos, on my phone and couldn’t get back to the comment to edit. You all can certainly get the gist of my comments.

  • Karen carlucci

    April 28, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    First, joseph is NOT a chip off the ole block…he IS his own person.
    Second, our boys business WAS NOT handed down, different companies. Actually competitors.
    Third, I care about these two, that’s who cares!
    Fourth, thanksgiving will be fabulous!

  • Dan Davis hires racists

    April 28, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Racists prefer the GOP. Alexander Pantinakis, Kent Stermon, Tim Baker, Dean Black. Same cuts. Looks like Joe is same.

  • GOP Cabal = Trash

    April 28, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Dan Davis is a pathetic racist who hired Alexander Pantinakis and Tim Baker.

    I am voting strictly all democrat this cycle. Republican family of 5.

    Joe needs to learn from Dad, TIM BAKER IS EVIL!

  • Duval GOP hates Carluccis

    April 28, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    Dean Black has always hated matt Carlucci. They never put his picture up. Because Alexander the Fat Pancake Pantinakis runs the local party. It makes sense that Republicans who think independently are hated.

    Republicans for Donna Deegan. We follow Matt Carlucci. Donna for Duval, enough with the Racist garbage like Pancake. He disenfranchised black voters back in 2016.

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