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John Delaney Will Be Our Guest on Wednesday’s Show

delaneyTune in to this week's episode of the Jacksonville Observer Radio Show on Wednesday at 5pm for a live chat with former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney. 

As always, our host will be Tom Patton and we'll be taking your questions at (904) 854-1320. If you can't get to a radio in time, listen to the debate online at http://www.1320wbob.com.

Background

John Delaney moved to Jacksonville when he was 16 and graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1974. He attended the University of Florida, where he received a B.A. and a law degree. 

Delaney passed the Florida Bar exam in 1981 and was hired by then State Attorney Ed Austin, eventually becoming Austin's Chief Assistant State Attorney.  He was Jacksonville's General Counsel for a short time; when Austin was elected Jacksonville Mayor in 1991, Delaney served as his chief of staff before running for mayor himself when Austin declined to run again in 1995.

In 1995, Delaney defeated former mayor Jake Godbold to become mayor of Jacksonville.  Serving two consecutive terms from 1995 to 2003, Delaney was the first Republican elected to the position since Reconstruction.

During his time in office, Delaney was noted for launching the Better Jacksonville Plan, a massive package of projects for municipal improvements funded by a sales tax increase.

Following his second term as mayor, Delaney was appointed as President of the University of North Florida in 2003.  In October 2008, he was named interim chancellor of the State University System of Florida and served in that post for the better part of one year.

In 2009 it was widely rumored that Delaney was considered for appointment to the United State Senate to replace Mel Martinez, making it high onto Governor Crist's short list for the appointment.

We'll talk with President Delaney about his time as mayor, his current post leading UNF and what's in store for the future.

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