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Abel Harding

Abel Harding is a 7th generation Floridian with a deep love for the Sunshine State, its history and its people. Raised in rural North Central Florida, he has made his home in Jacksonville since the mid 1990's. A long-time banker, he serves as the Jacksonville market president for a regional bank.

In addition to his two-decade banking career, Harding has had a life-long affinity for writing. He began with essays and letters to the editors in high school and later founded JaxPoliticsOnline, a blog focused on politics in Northeast Florida. After breaking numerous local stories, Harding joined the Florida Times-Union full-time as the paper's business and politics columnist. While with the Times-Union, Harding began the widely-acclaimed "Florida Morning" blog that was the first-of-its-kind daily digest of Florida politics. Harding received numerous awards during his journalism career, including Sunshine State Awards for "Broken Trust" and "Secret Agent." During his tenure with the Times-Union, Harding served as a political commentator for First Coast News, the Jacksonville affiliates of ABC and NBC, and WJCT, the local NPR affiliate.

After a short stint in local government, Harding re-joined the banking industry in the fall of 2011. He has served in volunteer and leadership capacities for a number of local nonprofit organizations, including United Way of Northeast Florida, the Cathedral Arts Project and One Spark. He currently serves on the board of directors of JAX Chamber, JAX BIZ, Operation New Hope and as an appointed member of the Jacksonville Planning Commission.

These days, Harding writes for personal enjoyment. He lives in Jacksonville's historic Springfield neighborhood with his family.


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