Republican Mike Mikurak, who is running for the District 3 at-large seat on the Pinellas County Commission, has been endorsed by BlakPAC. BlakPAC is a national organization that, among other things, is working to elect conservative Republicans to office.
“BlakPAC is working to win the White House and expand and open the GOP to new conservative candidates and new voters. We are active from local school boards to city, county, state and federal elections through our use of the largest database of registered Black voters in America,” the organization’s website says.
BlakPAC has endorsed only 13 candidates across the U.S. Endorsements include Donald Trump and candidates in Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Arizona and Maryland. The organization has endorsed four candidates in Florida. Mikurak is the only candidate in Tampa Bay who has received BlakPAC’s endorsement.
Mikurak’s endorsement was announced Thursday during a meeting of the Pinellas Suncoast Black Republican Club. The endorsement, said George T. Farrell of BlakPAC, is in line with the organization’s focus on character.
“It’s not about color; it’s about character,” Farrell said. “He’s good. … This is one of the guys who sees character and not color.”
Mikurak said he was honored by the endorsement.
“I’m honored by the fact they see I’m a person who wants to hear” what people want, Mikurak said. This is a time, he said, when people need to have a say so they can work together to find solutions.
Mikurak also received praise from the evening’s keynote speaker, state Rep. Chris Latvala.
Referring to the Democratic majority on the Pinellas County Commission, Latvala said that Mikurak gives Republicans a chance to take back control of the commission.
“He’ll do a great job,” Latvala said.
Someone in the audience commented that Mikurak’s opponent, incumbent Charlie Justice, had never visited the southside in St. Petersburg even though he holds one of the at-large seats on the commission. The at-large seats are elected countywide and represent all Pinellas residents.
Latvala said that would not happen if Mikurak were elected: “He goes everywhere, including the southside.”
Latvala had harsh words for Justice, a Democrat, saying, “He’s a nice guy who never has accomplished much.”
The election is Nov. 8.