The Republican contenders in the Florida House District 30 race, are wasting no time announcing endorsements and ramping up fundraising efforts.
Longwood City Commissioner and Business owner Bob Cortes is already in full campaign mode. He’s been making public appearances all over the region, throwing fundraisers, and most recently making big endorsement announcements.
Yesterday, Cortes announced official endorsements from House Majority Leader Stephen Precourt, Jason Brodeur, David Santiago, John Tobia, and Ritch Workman.
It’s a big announcement. A Basketball team of Republican lawmakers that are supporting his candidacy and want him to join them in Tallahassee for Session in 2015. Cortes also has more elected officials and power players on his fundraising hosting committee. A very impressive roll-out and power move, to try take control and end this primary before it begins.
Soil-Water Committeeman and Businessman Scott Sturgill entered the contest a couple of weeks, back but responded with a pair of his own endorsements last night.
The email subject line was a jab at Cortes. “CORTES’ FELLOW COMMISSIONERS ENDORSE…. SCOTT STURGILL”
He went on to announce the endorsements of Cortes’ fellow Longwood Commissioners H.G. “Butch” Bundy and Joe Durso. Both Commissioners questioned Cortes’ authenticity and praised Sturgill’s background.
It’s the first attack of this campaign, and at the same time you could argue that it was a necessity.
Sturgill was in danger of having his campaign fall into obscurity. He’s well liked by Politicos in the community and it’s still very early but the timetable on this primary has been drastically shifted to this year. If Sturgill doesn’t act, the money, big name endorsements, and eventually the “boots on the ground” for grassroots efforts will all be gone.
The winner will face Democrat Karen Castor-Dentel in the general election next November.
However, neither of these two are wasting anytime.
Bob Cortes and Scott Sturgill are rolling out early endorsements in their Florida House 30 primary