Contentious Jax City Council District 7 race among several contests heading to runoff

A Jacksonville City Council race marred by accusations of dirty campaigning is headed to a runoff, with Democrat Jimmy Peluso and Republican Joseph Hogan left to battle it out. Democrat John Phillips finished third despite dramatically overspending his rivals.

Peluso, a Navy veteran who manages government affairs for VyStar Credit Union, staked his District 7 campaign on his bona fides as a Democrat who is heavily involved in city matters and who gave his time and effort to support local Democratic efforts in the past. 

He pulled 35% of the vote to 19% for Phillips, a publicly splashy lawyer who leveled serious

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