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Retired JSO Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton is the leader who will bring change to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. During more than 24 years of professional law enforcement experience she set records for reducing crime in the area she commanded for JSO. During her time as a patrol and enforcement commander in the Arlington/Beaches area, she and her team of officers reduced murders, gunfire, burglaries and home invasions more than did officers in any other zone. She’s ready to engage citizens, businesses and other stakeholders in a new brand of community policing.
For Lakesha Burton for Sheriff
LT. LARRY GAYLE
Retired JSO Police
Burton wants neighborhood officers to get to know the folks in the areas they patrol and build meaningful relationships. She wants officers to be public servants, both guardian and warrior – not just one or the other. She understands that service can require force but also service is about compassion. A sheriff is the face of the agency.
BISHOP RUDOLPH W. MCKISSICK JR. AND FIRST LADY KIM MCKISSICK
We support Assistant Chief Burton for sheriff because she has proven herself to have a heart for this city. She wants to make our streets safer and build bridges between police and our community.
Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton is exactly what the Jacksonville community needs. Her passion to help others is apparent in everything she does.
KAREN JEFFERY COPLAND
Assistant Chief Burton has the necessary experience and passion to be the next Sheriff of Jacksonville. She leads from the front and has always been visible in the community.
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DUVAL COUNTY EARLY VOTING SITES For the November 8, 2022, General Election All Early Voting Sites below will be open October 24, 2022 – November 6, 2022 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Secure ballot intake stations are located inside each of the sites listed below. SUPERVISOR...
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a private security firm that does what it wants
Nate Monroe Florida Times-Union October 27, 2022 Interim Jacksonville Sheriff Pat Ivey has made one thing clear during his short reign: Elections come and go, but JSO has its own line of succession. T.K. Waters, a Republican, and Lakesha Burton, a Democrat, are both...
In Jacksonville sheriff race, one candidate says more tax money “absolutely necessary”
By Mark Woods Florida Times-Union October 26, 2022 One of the frequent comments about the race for Jacksonville sheriff: There isn’t a lot of difference between the final two candidates. I don’t think many of the people who watched Lakesha Burton and T.K. Waters...
Cummings Cites Burton’s Strategic Plan in Endorsement
STRONG COMMAND PRESENCE, DEEP KNOWLEDGE” HAVE EARNED BURTON RESPECT JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Tony Cummings, a former U.S. Army Military Police supervisor and longtime JSO officer today formally endorsed former JSO assistant chief Lakesha Burton’s campaign for sheriff....
Poll: Burton ‘Tied’ For Lead
JACKSONVILLE — Sheriff’s candidate Lakesha Burton holds a substantial lead over all other Democrat candidates, and is virtually tied with the lone Republican in the race going into the final week of the campaign, according to a new UNF Public Opinion Research Lab poll...
Action News Jax talks one-on-one with first Black female JSO sheriff candidate
Courtney Cole – Action News Jax JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville sheriff’s Race is two years away, but there is already one candidate who has confidently stepped up to the plate: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton. Action News Jax is the...
Burton’s JSO Zone 2 Scores Record-Setting Crime Reduction in 2021
Burton: Collaboration Key in Crime Reduction Efforts Hard work, effective community policing strategies and strong collaboration among important stakeholders are helping build the trust necessary to effect recent reductions in Jacksonville’s crime rates, said...
Burton Leads All Candidates in New UNF Poll
From the Florida Times-Union article on Feb. 17, 2022: In the sheriff’s race, Burton has the edge over two Republicans: T.K. Waters at 27% and Matthew Nemeth at 15%. Trailing the pack were Democratic candidates Tony Cummings at 4% and Wayne Clark at 2%. UNF Pollster...
Burton Campaign Continues Successful Fundraising Blitz
Bipartisan Support Passes $664,000 in Five Months Jacksonville sheriff’s candidate Lakesha Burton’s campaign and a supporting political committee raised more than $114,000 in August, a traditionally tough month for campaign fundraising. The campaign and committee have...
Lakesha Burton for Jacksonville sheriff
Lakesha Burton, a candidate for the 2023 race for Jacksonville sheriff and currently an assistant chief in the department, is assembling a remarkable coalition of supporters that includes a growing group of well-known Republican donors, turning her into the most...
Burton Campaign Raises Almost $500K in Two Months
Jacksonville Sheriff Candidate Lakesha Burton’s campaign and a supporting political committee have raised almost $500,000 in two months, including significant donations from both Democrat and Republican community leaders. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the...
Historic Campaign Starts Strong
Florida Politics (June 10, 2021) — Duval County has seen Democrats underperform, failing to win countywide offices despite a registration advantage. However, 2023 could potentially usher a sea change in the Sheriff’s Office, held for many years by Republicans....
Meet & Greet Initiative Kicks Off
We’ve kicked off our Meet & Greet: The Woman Behind the Badge initiative. Assistant Chief Burton is enjoying connecting with the community and sharing why she is passionate about her next role. Want to host a fundraiser and introduce Lakesha Burton to your...
Lakesha Burton, veteran Jacksonville officer and past PAL head kicks off run for sheriff
Dan Scanlan – Florida Times-Union Resilience — that is what Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton says she has had since she was a child. Now the 22-year department veteran says that resilience will help her as the first Black woman to run for sheriff in...
Burton to run for Jacksonville Sheriff
Haley Harrison – First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The race to be the next sheriff of Jacksonville is already historic with the first Black woman to run for the position: JSO assistant chief Lakesha Burton. Sheriff Mike Williams’ term ends in June 2023, and he...
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