May 19, 2023
Deegan secured 52% of the vote, according to The Associated Press, prevailing over Daniel Davis, who was endorsed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R); and making history as the first woman elected to the post.
Deegan will succeed outgoing Republican Lenny Curry, who had to step down due to term limits.
“Everybody said it could not be done in Jacksonville, Florida,” Deegan said following her victory. “We did it because we brought the people inside.”
The contest went to a runoff race after no candidate secured 50% of the vote in the first round. Deegan came out ahead, but with only 39.4% of the vote.
Deegan, a former local TV news anchor, founded a nonprofit called the DONNA Foundation to support cancer patients and survivors after her own bout with the disease. She is a three-time breast cancer survivor.
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