Conservative Jay Trumbull, Jr. enters crowded race for Jimmy Patronis’ HD 6 seat

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Pledging support for the free market as the way to a strong Florida economy, local Panama City business executive Jay Trumbull, Jr., joins a crowded field in the race for State House District 6.

The 24-year-old Republican joins Mark Anderson, Norman Ray Bishop, Melissa Hagan, Thelma Rohan and Brian Charles Rust Jr., in GOP primary. Jamie Carroll Shepard and Ryan Jack Singleton are the current Democratic candidates, with Henry Newman Lawrence III running under the Green Party banner.

The political herd of nine contenders is looking to replace term limited Rep. Jimmy Patronis, who cannot run for re-election. House District 6 covers the southern portion of Bay County and includes Panama City, Panama City Beach, Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Tyndall Air Force Base.

Trumbull, a Panama City native, currently assists in managing his family’s Culligan water dealerships.

“Both Speaker Allan Bense and Rep. Jimmy Patronis have big shoes to fill, but I’m excited to launch this campaign to represent the people of Bay County,” said Trumbull. “It’s no secret that families are hurting and are discouraged. In many instances, the ability to become successful is hindered by big government, which has grown out of control. This is unacceptable.”

“I’m running for State Representative because I want Florida and Bay County to be a place of economic opportunity for everyone,” Trumbull added.

“Jay Trumbull is one of the hardest-working young men I know,” said Harold Bazzel, former Bay County Clerk of Court. “He’s conservative, smart, and knows what it means to be a public servant. He will make a great State Representative for Bay County.”

As for fundraising, the only candidate to gain any traction in the competition is Hagan, who has raised $6,460 in the third quarter, for over $12,000 since announcing her run in February. She has spent $4,748 so far.

Shepard comes in second in campaign money by collecting $2,650, and spending $2,431, all of it in the July 1 to Sept. 30 reporting period. Rohan raised $2,550 and loaned her campaign $10,000. Singleton has only $357.

Trumbull graduated from Bay High School and Auburn University. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Brittany Fishel.

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