Jacksonville City Council schedules a special election to replace Scott Wilson, who was reelected to represent District 4 last year.
Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson plans to resign this month to run for election as Duval County’s clerk of court, council members were told Tuesday.
The resignation means voters in his Southside district will soon pick a replacement, and the council Rules Committee approved a resolution adding the District 4 special election to the ballot that will be used for the Aug. 18 primary vote for state and Congressional races.
If a runoff is needed, that vote will be held during Nov. 3 general election, said the resolution, scheduled for a vote by the full council next week.
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The bill sets the qualifying period for candidates as the week of June 8-12.
The only declared candidate so far is former council member Don Redman, who Wilson worked for as a legislative assistant before term limits forced Redman to leave office in 2015.
Redman, who ran unsuccessfully for an at-large council seat last year, had filed to run this year as a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Duval County School Board, but has shifted his campaign after Wilson filed paperwork last month to enter the clerk’s race.
Republican Jody Phillips and Democrat Jimmy Midyette were already seeking the clerk’s job, but Wilson will bring enter the race with name recognition and contacts from his five years as a council member.
Although Wilson is filing a resignation letter that can’t be taken back, the legislation scheduling the special election says it will be effective either the date that his successor takes office or the date Wilson would take the clerk’s seat if he’s successful.
The clerk’s job is being vacated by Ronnie Fussell, another former council president.
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