Broward GOP stalwart Richard DeNapoli announces run for House District 74

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 A successful leader of the Broward County GOP Party is now turning his sights on Sarasota.

Attorney and Certified Financial Planner Richard DeNapoli announced today he is entering the race for the heavily Republican Florida House District 74 seat, which covers most of Sarasota County. The seat is currently held by term-limited Rep. Doug Holder.

“From property insurance to Medicaid and from education to pensions, Florida faces serious challenges that require methodical and thoughtful planning,” DeNapoli said in an announcement. “I’ve spent my entire career assisting moms, dads, seniors, and working Americans plan for the future. I intend to use that experience to help meet the challenges facing Florida’s future.”

DeNapoli was appointed as a Commissioner in the Florida Real Estate Commission in 2007, and was reappointed and confirmed by the Florida Senate.  He was also elected chair of the FREC from 2010-2011. He began his stint in the Broward Republican Party as Treasurer in 2010 and elected chair in December 2012.  In addition, Richard has actively championed Republican candidates in both New York and Florida.

As Chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee, DeNapoli, a Florida native, has developed a reputation as a strong GOP fundraiser. He received high marks from conservatives as “textbook case” for organizational success in one of the largest counties in the state, boosting party development, reaching out to constituents and supporting local candidates.

“My wife and I recently welcomed our first child into the world,” DeNapoli said about his son Victor, who was born August 2012. “For his future, and the future of all Floridians, it is essential to continue the fight to keep Florida on the path to economic recovery by sticking to our conservative principles. I look forward to engaging in a serious debate on the issues and am excited to launch this campaign.”

Those finely honed fundraising skills will come in handy for DeNapoli as he faces fellow Republican Julio Gonzalez for the District 74 seat. In recent financing reports, Gonzales, who is a physician, collected $36,191, making a total campaign fund of $76,200.

DeNapoli, a Florida native, graduated from New York University in 1999, Fordham Law School in 2002, and the University Of Miami School Of Law in 2008.

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