DUVAL SOIL AND WATER CONVERSATION BOARD
RAY " RJ" DEACON
Long before he would run for his first election , Ray "R.J" Deacon learned from his Grandmother and Mom about the American Dream. They didn’t have much: RJ and his grandmother in a small wood-framed house in Greenville, Virginia. His grandmother Elva Eggleston worked as a seamstress and babysitter ; His mother Barbara as a farmer, bus driver, and housekeeper — as many jobs as it took to get by.
“NEVER GIVE UP" they taught him. “Have faith and trust God”. “Treat others as you want to be treated.” “Be proud of who you are and where you came from!”
In America, these were the building blocks of a successful life.
RJ, took his first job at 15 as a custodian and worked hard in high school. Became the first in his family to go to college, working at an on campus bookstore, to pay his way through college.
From growing up on a farm, RJ knew that paying attention and respecting his surroundings and environment was important. Throughout his life he has always encouraged that we take care of what God has given to us.
RJ and his husband Jason of 20 years and their 3 dogs and one cat, have lived here in Duval county for the past 4 years. He knows that here in Duval County and Florida, our environment is our greatest treasure and our most important economic engine. Florida’s natural beauty, beautiful beaches, and clean air and water fuel our tourism-based economy. So we have to take care of it now!!
Supports education and outreach programs to keep Duval citizens informed of beach, river, and water quality management efforts
Supports education and outreach programs on:
Urban Beekeeping Keeping·
Using Solar Power in everyday life·
Affordability of EV Automobiles·
Ocean Safe textiles and household items.
Supports stronger and continued efforts of Duval County Beaches and the St. Johns River clean-up
Supports Florida’s Fracking Ban Bill
Supports Duval County Beaches:
Purchasing a SURF RAKE to make a faster and more efficient daily beach cleaning process·
Increasing Trash and Recycle receptacles on the beaches and walkways
Supports a stronger effort and education in Protecting and restoring water quality in our precious St John River.
"Lets Nurture our Nature Duval"
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Hon. Ashantae Green
Commissioner Duval Soil and Water Conservation District Group 4