Reggie Fullwood launches HD 13 early voting effort with rally

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Surrounded by family and supporters, Democratic Rep. Reggie Fullwood kicked off early voting in the House District 13 special election with a rally on Saturday.

“Vote with Reggie” had the Jacksonville Democrat promoting early voting at noon in the Johnny Walker Community Center, 2500 W 20th St.

“There is no more sacred right in this country than the right to vote,” Fullwood said. “Unfortunately, that right has been under attack recently in an attempt to silence the voices of those who have already fought so hard for this basic tenant of democracy.

“Today, I was proud to make my voice heard and I look forward to continuing to fight for the people of District 13 in Tallahassee.”

Fullwood said he chose the JWCC to highlight the importance of voting as a means of affecting positive change in communities and encouraged “every eligible voter in District 13 to make their voices heard.”

After casting his vote, the candidate engaged with citizens at the event, while supporters waved signs, and the International Association of Firefighters Local 122 provided food and drinks.

Although he was unopposed this year, Fullwood was disqualified from the November ballot-qualifying deadline due to errors by two notary’s public. The first was a mistake on the financial disclosure form. A second clerk, hired to rewrite the form by the Florida Democratic Party, failed to check the required boxes.

By Fullwood learned of the second error, the deadline had passed.

Early voting in District 13 continues through Sunday, Dec. 14.

Fullwood faces Jacksonville City Council member Johnny Gaffney in the Democratic primary.  The winner faces Republican Lawrence Jefferson.

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