Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

From Raising Cattle to Sub Sandwiches: Next for the 11; Variety of Roles Await Several Members Who Are Leaving the Jacksonville City Council

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

From Raising Cattle to Sub Sandwiches: Next for the 11; Variety of Roles Await Several Members Who Are Leaving the Jacksonville City Council

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Byline: Christopher Hong

Warren Jones recalled a few of his proudest accomplishments this week - and a few jobs left undone - during his 28 years on the Jacksonville City Council, which came to its latest and perhaps final ending this week.

He's proud of pushing for drainage projects in the 1980s at Grand Park - an urban neighborhood once serviced by open ditches and navigated by boats after especially heavy rains - as well as signing the agreement that brought the Jaguars to Jacksonville. He regrets not solving drainage problems in areas surrounding McCoy's Creek.

Jones, who represented a district that included the urban Westside and parts of San Marco, is one of 11 council members leaving office because of term limits, electoral defeat or to pursue other endeavors. While Jones says he has no plans to return to government, others will remain players in local politics.

Denise Lee and Johnny Gaffney will move to the other side of City Hall to work in Mayor Lenny Curry's new administration. Richard Clark and Don Redman are both set to run for the Florida House of Representatives seat that Lake Ray will vacate.

Others, like Clay Yarborough and Bill Bishop, say they're eyeing a return to government, but don't have anything lined up.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Here's a roundup of the outgoing council members and their plans.

- Kimberly Daniels, At-Large Group 1, lost re-election: Daniels was the only incumbent to lose in the election. Daniels, a pastor who runs ministries in Jacksonville and Broward County, couldn't be reached for comment.

- Stephen Joost. At-Large Group 3, term-limited: Joost is the third-largest shareholder of Firehouse Subs and said he'll continue working with the Jacksonville-based franchise. He says he'd be open to returning to government.

- Robin Lumb, At-Large Group 5, didn't seek re-election: After he was chosen to lead the Republican Party of Duval County late last year, Lumb decided not to seek re-election on the council. Lumb submitted a resume to Curry's transition team - he said he was asked to do so - but hasn't been named to a position. He said he may consider a future run for office. …

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