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Duval County School Board Elections 

On Nov. 6, voters in three districts of Jacksonville -- spanning the Beaches, the Northside, and the Westside -- will elect new members of the School Board, reshaping the leadership of Duval County Public Schools. 

Too often, School Board races are overshadowed by presidential, gubernatorial, and even other, more prominent local races. That’s why we work to raise awareness about the importance of school board elections and to inform voters about their choices through nonpartisan candidate forums. Duval School Board members play a crucial role in the direction of public schools in our community, teacher satisfaction and student success.


Who Is on the Ballot in November?

With a competitive field, no candidate won a majority in the Aug. 28 primary election in Districts 2, 4, and 6. To learn more about the districts, check out our interactive map.

  • In District 2 (the Beaches), Elizabeth Andersen, a former Duval educator and mental health professional will face Nick Howland, a local businessman. Read more about the candidates.
  • In District 4 (the Northside), Cynthia Smith, an early learning center owner and former teacher will face Darryl Willie, the current Executive Director of Teach for America - Jacksonville. Read more about the candidates.
  • In District 6 (the Westside), Dave Chauncey, a local attorney will face Charlotte Joyce, who works at Joseph Stillwell Military Academy of Leadership. Read more about the candidates.


Duval County School Board Candidate Public Forums 

Members of the public joined JPEF for the School Board Elections Public Forums held in August at the Jessie Ball duPont Center at 40 E Adams Street. They were also broadcast on Facebook Live. Click below to watch the recordings and read our summary of the forums on the blog.

District 2 

District 4 


District 6


School Board Candidate Academy 

This year the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) hosted the first ever School Board Candidate Academy. The objective of this one-day intensive workshop is to strengthen the knowledge and understanding school board candidates have about current educational issues. The academy hopes to provide a clear understanding of relevant issues that the members will face in their potential role through data-driven discussion and exposure to Jacksonville parent, student and teacher voices.