Jacksonville voters elect Donna Deegan, Florida city’s first female mayor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters in Jacksonville, Fla., have elected the city’s first female mayor.

Democrat Donna Deegan won 52% of the vote in Tuesday’s election, beating Republican Daniel Davis, according to unofficial results. Around 217,000 people voted in the race, for a turnout of 33%.

“Love won tonight and we made history,” Deegan said in a statement. “We have a new day in Jacksonville because the people have chosen unity over division – creating a broad coalition of people across the political spectrum who want a unified city.”

Davis conceded in a speech to supporters Tuesday night.

Deegan said she plans to focus on upgrading infrastructure, building an economy that works for everyone and improving access to healthcare.

Deegan replaces Republican Lenny Curry, who was first elected in 2015 and was unable to run because of term limits.

Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, with approximately 950,000 residents, as the city limits encompass nearly all of Duval County.

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