David Jolly headlining fundraiser for House candidate Berny Jacques this Thursday - SaintPetersBlog

David Jolly headlining fundraiser for House candidate Berny Jacques this Thursday

Although the 2018 election is more than a year-and-a-half away, House District 66 candidate Berny Jacques is working hard to procure support well in advance of the campaigning for his first run for public office.

On Monday, City of Seminole Councilmember Trish Springer announced that she is backing Jacques in the race to succeed Republican Larry Ahern, who is term limited out next year.

“Berny has done a great job serving on the City of Seminole Developmental Review Board,” Springer said in a statement issued out by Jacques. “I am confident that he will also do a great job for the people of Seminole as our State Representative.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Councilor Trish Springer,” Jacques said. “Councilor Springer has brought great value to our community as a businesswoman, in civic organizations, and now as a member of the City Council. I am excited about the opportunity.”

Jacques also announced on Monday that he’ll be holding a fundraiser for his emerging campaign this Thursday, March 23, at the Island Way Grill in Clearwater at 5:30 p.m., with special guests former Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly and his wife, Laura Jolly.

The 29-year-old Jacques is a former Pinellas County prosecutor now working as an attorney in the private sector in St. Petersburg. He’ll be running again at least one other Republican to get the nomination for the seat next year, as Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Nick DiCeglie has also announced that he will be filing paperwork to run for the seat, which includes parts of  Clearwater, Largo, Seminole as well as beach communities from Indian Shores to Belleair Beach.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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