Jax City Council sees familiar faces in leadership roles, with Dems shut out of Chairs
Jacksonville City Hall.

Jax City Hall
Republicans have a legislative supermajority.

Committee assignments have been confirmed by the Jacksonville City Council for the next year, and people in leadership now will remain favored under the leadership of President Randy White, albeit in different roles than the year that just wrapped up.

And as a potential counterweight to Democratic Mayor Donna Deegan, Republicans will lead all standing committees, and will be numerically superior on all but one panel.

The pivotal Finance Committee will see outgoing President Ron Salem helming a panel that will include six Republicans and one Democrat, Ju’Coby Pittman.

Terrance Freeman, a previous President of the legislative body, will be Vice Chair. Raul Arias, Rory Diamond, Nick Howland and Will Lahnen will round out that roster.

The Rules Committee, chaired by Howland, likewise sees a 6-1 party split, with Rahman Johnson as the outlier Democrat.

Freeman will be Vice Chair for this panel as well, and the other members are Matt CarlucciMichael BoylanMike Gay and Chris Miller.

Council Vice President Kevin Carrico will chair the Land Use and Zoning committee, meanwhile, with Arias as Vice Chair.

The committee has a 5-2 split in favor of the GOP, with Ken AmaroJoe Carlucci and Diamond empaneled, along with Democrats Reggie Gaffney Jr. and Johnson.

Joe Carlucci will chair the Neighborhoods, Community Services, Public Health & Safety committee, yet another panel with a 5-2 split in favor of the GOP.

Miller will serve as Vice Chair, meanwhile, with Amaro, Boylan and Salem representing the Republican contingent, and Jimmy Peluso and Tyrona Clark-Murray from the opposition party.

Transportation, Energy & Utilities has the most favorable composition for Democrats, with four of them on the panel: Clark-Murray, Gaffney and Peluso, along with Vice Chair Pittman.

Lahnen will chair the committee, while Matt Carlucci and Gay round out the roster.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • MH/Duuuval

    June 26, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    Why are some committees split 5-2 and others 6-1?

    Looks like Randy White is starting off on the wrong foot.

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 28, 2024 at 12:47 pm

      This supermajority vanishes if the at-large seats are eliminated. The original charter called for 19 (or 20) district seats, but protoMAGAs forced a change in Tallahassee. The at-large seats — even with a residence requirement — dilute the vote of Blacks and folks of modest means, such as myself.

  • MH/Duuuval

    June 30, 2024 at 5:20 pm

    Rory Diamond is the Council liaison for the widely discredited Firewatch program, which has been paying a nice annual stipend to Rory’s BFF Nick Howlin’. (These two have been the loudest voices about conflict of interest, but not themselves, of course.)

    Diamond’s latest public fart: “What could be finer than lighting the Acosta bridge with red, white and blue?” He’s another one of those sunshine patriots who is going to wrap himself in the flag so tight he smothers himself.

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