Former Anchor Launches Florida Senate Run

By Andrew Gauthier 

Sunshine State News

Emmy award-winning journalist Deborah Gianoulis, a fixture on Jacksonville television as an evening news anchor for almost 25 years, announced Tuesday that she was running as a Democrat against Sen. John Thrasher of Jacksonville, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Thrashers district stretches from Nassau County, through Jacksonville and Duval County, and includes parts of St. Johns and Flagler counties before ending in Volusia County.

Winning both Emmy awards and a Peabody award during her career, Gianoulis was the co-anchor of WJXT‘s evening newscast. Since 2004, she has served as chairwoman of Save Duval Schools, an educational advocacy group. More…