Saying she feels “validated,” City Councilwoman Joyce Morgan was elected Tuesday as Duval County property appraiser, winning a runoff against former state Rep. Jason Fischer by 51% to 49%.
The Democrat Morgan called it a win for the people of Jacksonville. She finished ahead of Fischer in the March election, with 48% of the vote to 31%, according to Duval County Supervisor of Elections results. Since neither received more than 50% of the vote, they faced each other in a runoff.
Morgan said she will now go to work taking over for current Duval Property Appraiser Jerry Holland, who was the only candidate for supervisor of elections and will have that job.
“I don’t think I am one who ever stopped working,” Morgan said Tuesday night. “I am just going to continue to do what I do best, looking for avenues to enhance what’s already going on at the Property Appraiser’s Office and doing the job I feel that God has allowed me to do and put me here to do.”
Property appraisers are responsible for establishing the value of your property each year. Their office reviews and applies exemptions, assessment limitations and classifications that may reduce a property’s taxable value.
Morgan is a former journalist who has served two terms as the District 1 City Council member in Arlington, plus three years on the Value Adjustment Board. She also represents the Jacksonville City Council on the Florida Association of Counties board of directors.
Fischer is a Jacksonville native who worked for Florida Power & Light Co. and CSX Transportation and was a civilian engineer with the U.S. Navy. He represented part of Jacksonville in the Florida House of Representatives and served on the Duval County School Board.