After hinting at a possible run over the weekend (story HERE), former State Representative Kurt Kelly officially declared his candidacy for Chairperson of the Republican Party of Florida.
In an email to friends and supporters Kelly says the following…
Last week, I indicated an announcement would come this week concerning our future. Today I can reveal that after much deliberation, prayer and encouragement from many within our membership, I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Over the next few weeks I look forward to presenting my vision for our party’s future.
The next Chairman must have the right education, experience, vision and proven integrity to lead us forward. A leader must show that this is not about him or her. Instead it is about you, the leaders of our Republican Executive Committees and the RPOF.
Our Chairman should also be the Business Development Officer who demonstrates the skill and experience necessary to grow our party. The Chairman must equally possess the skills of an experienced fund raiser and a trusted steward of party resources. This is vital to ensure the party’s ability to carry out the responsibilities and the core mission of our RECs and our party as a whole.
In short, the Chairman must clearly understand and be skilled in Florida’s politics and be someone whose life’s work is clearly above reproach. To be an outstanding leader, that person must have unquestioned integrity, vision and demonstrated leadership skills in all of these areas while possessing the heart of a servant.
As stated earlier, much prayer, deliberation and encouragement came before making such an important decision. I am excited to accept the challenge of seeking the opportunity to serve you and leading our party.
Kelly joins what has become a crowded field, with incumbent Leslie Dougher, Grassroots Challenger Eric Miller, and State Representative Blaise Ingoglia.
Dougher won with a closer than expected margin of 106-69 to replace Lenny Curry earlier this year. Despite, an endorsement from Rick Scott, she’s drawn 3 challengers in what signals a difference in the preferred leadership style of RPOF. Kelly jumps into the race ahead of the party’s quarterly meeting and candidate forum this weekend which all are expected to participate in.