Election LiveBlog! US House Florida District 5 DebateAugust 18, 2016 54 comments Print Article
We’re going to have another barn burner of a debate at Jacksonville University tonight - Democratic Congressional District 5 candidates are up! Incumbent Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who lost her Fair Districts challenge to keep her old district, stretching from Jacksonville to the Orlando, intact. She chose to run in the newly drawn District 5, still a minority access district, that now stretches from Jacksonville to Tallahassee.
Congressional District 5 Race
In spite of her recent indictment on 22 fraud charges and other federal offenses, Congresswoman Brown still enjoys a high level of support from her Duval County constituents who feel she lives up to her tagline, “Corrine Delivers.” But she’s going to face a hard road in the western portion of this district going up against Al Lawson, a businessman and the popular former state representative and state senator that represented the Tallahassee area.
L.J. Holloway, the outside the establishment candidate, is from the Jacksonville area and holds a law degree among others and is a local activist on many issues affecting the black community in Jacksonville, and is a particularly strong advocate on healthcare issues. If you haven’t met her yet, look for her at the next community meeting you attend because she’s at pretty much all of them. She also doesn’t shy away from criticizing the incumbent.
The debate will air live at 8pm on WJXT Channel 4. Tune in to Channel 4 and join the online conversation as we live blog on metrojacksonville.com.
About Meredith O’Malley Johnson
Meredith is a passionate community advocate, with most of her work focusing on engaging young people in the political process, supporting urban core revitalization and promoting small business and startups development. An original team member for the One Spark festival, she served as the Community & Public Relations Director during the organization’s rapid growth in its first three years to one of the top 20 festivals in the country by attendance and earning the organization over $3 million in earned media.
Meredith is the founder of the nonpartisan Jax Young Voters Coalition, a 501(c)4 organization educating and promoting civic participation to millennials, and serves as chair of the board of directors for that organization. She also serves on the board of directors for the Civic Round Table of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation and Party, Benefit & Jam. She is a veteran of 14 local and state political campaigns, working in various positions including communications, field and finance. Meredith also spent a year serving the City of Jacksonville as a Public Communications Officer and on Mayor Alvin Brown’s transition team.
After living all over the country, she fell in love with Jacksonville and decided to make Riverside her permanent home after returning to the area in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of North Florida. Meredith also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida in political science with a specialty in campaigning.
Follow Meredith on Twitter at @MeredithJAX or on Instagram at @politicalmojo. You can also Like her on Facebook as Political MOJO.
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