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Pinellas Young Republicans make early endorsement of Berny Jacques in HD 66 race

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Are you ready for endorsements for the 2018 election cycle? Ready or not, the Pinellas County Young Republicans have voted unanimously to get behind one of their own, unanimously endorsing attorney Berny Jacques in the race for House District 66. That’s the seat that’s currently occupied by Seminole Republican Larry Ahern, but will be come vacant next year as term limits will prohibit him from running again next year. Jacques served as president of the Pinellas Young Republicans from 2013 to 2015.…

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Pinellas GOP chief Nick DiCeglie confirms he will run for Florida House

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Nick DiCeglie confirmed Wednesday he is running for House District 66 in 2018. The Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman will make a formal announcement sometime this spring.  When asked if he would run for office, DiCeglie told FloridaPolitics.com: “I’m really focused right now on my duties as chairman.” But with nearly a year and a half before the GOP primary, DiCeglie is in no hurry to file. “I certainly would like to make an official announcement in the next several months,” he…

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Berny Jacques announces his candidacy for HD 66 seat in Pinellas County

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Former Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney Berny Jacques announced today that he is running for the Florida House District 66. The seat is currently occupied by Republican Larry Ahern, who is term-limited from running again. “I’ve had the great privilege of serving this area as a prosecutor, in community service groups, and as a grassroots conservative leader. As a proud first generation American, I’ve been fortunate to achieve the American Dream because of the opportunities available in our great state,” says Jacques, a Haitian native. “My reason…

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Former prosecutor, young GOP leader Berny Jacques contemplating run for House District 66

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Former Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney Berny Jacques is seriously considering a run for the state House District 66 seat next year, which will become an open seat with Republican Larry Ahern term-limited out. The 29-year-old Haitian native has been active with the Pinellas County GOP since he arrived in the community in 2009 to attend Stetson Law School in Gulfport. That’s when he says he was drawn into the grassroots aspects of state government. In many ways Jacques and his family are the embodiment…

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David Jolly featured guest at fundraiser for congressional candidate Justin Grabelle fundraiser on Feb. 8

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Republican congressional candidate Justin Grabelle has a meet-and-greet fundraising reception scheduled in Pinellas County next month featuring special guest U.S. Rep. David Jolly. Grabelle, 33, is running for Florida’s 11th Congressional District, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. He has already been endorsed by current CD 11 U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent, who announced he would not run for re-election. Grabelle had been Nugent’s chief of staff. Jolly, who represents much of Pinellas County, is himself the leading Republican candidate for the…

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Meet Berny Jacques, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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The 28-year-old Berny Jacques is an assistant state attorney for Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit, but is a pure political animal, also chairman of the Young Floridians for Opportunity PAC. A native of Haiti who immigrated to the states when he was 7, he got his first opportunity when U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart brought him on as an intern in the summer of 2006, a gig he replicated the next two summers. During his tenure as president of the Pinellas County…

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Fundraising reception for Ed Montanari in St. Pete tonight

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Ed Montanari is holding one of the first fundraising receptions for his bid for St. Pete City Council District 3. Hosted by Young Floridians for Opportunity, a local group supporting conservative candidates, the fundraiser will be at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Host committee includes YFO PAC President Berny Jacques, Treasurer Gordon Oldham and Secretary Megan Roach. Also hosting are Erica & Nick DiCeglie, owner of Solar Sanitation, Inc.; businessman LJ Govoni; developer Ryan Hartney, attorney…

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