Two fellow Jax Dems give Rep. Reggie Fullwood their endorsement in HD 13 race

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State Rep. Reggie Fullwood received endorsements from two Jacksonville Democrats on Friday in his bid to keep his seat in House District 13.

State Rep. Mia Jones, from House District 14, and Sen. Audrey Gibson, from Senate District 9, each announced their support of Fullwood.

Fullwood faces Jacksonville City Council member Johnny Gaffney in the Democratic primary set for Dec. 16.  The winner will face Republican Lawrence Jefferson in the Feb. 17 special general election.

Both District 14 and 9 cover downtown Jacksonville and parts of Duval County.

In a statement on Friday, Jones said she has seen ”first-hand the work Reggie Fullwood puts in on behalf of his community during our time together in the state House.”

“Once elected, I know Reggie will continue to fight for our shared Democratic Party values of expanding access to affordable healthcare, giving working families a raise, and properly funding our public education system,” she added.

Gibson added that few could doubt Fullwood’s commitment to the community.

“Reggie has worked tirelessly to make our communities safer, to help small businesses thrive, and to ensure that everyone has a fair shot to achieve the American Dream,” she said. “Now more than ever, his voice is sorely needed as an advocate in Tallahassee on behalf of middle class families.”

A pair of paperwork errors prevented Fullwood from qualifying for the November general election, where he had previously been unopposed. His disqualification forced the scheduling of a special primary and election.

Fullwood responded to the endorsements with gratitude for the two lawmakers.

“Their dedication and impact on our community are truly an inspiration to what can be accomplished when you put service ahead of yourself,” he said. “It will be an honor to work with them in Tallahassee to raise the minimum wage, expand Medicaid for working families, and restore the harmful cuts that were leveled on our public schools.”

Jones will join Fullwood beginning 8 a.m. Sunday for appearances at local churches Greater Mt. Vernon M.B., Historic Mt. Zion AME, and Southside COGI in District 13.

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