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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 U.S. Senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio as he mounts a presidential campaign.

The event is Monday, Feb. 8, beginning 5:30 p.m. at Bascom’s Chophouse, 3665 Olmert and Road in Clearwater.

According to the invite obtained by, the event’s host committee includes several Tampa Bay area young Republicans: JJ Beyrouti, Nick DiCeglie, LJ Govoni, Berny Jacques, Paul Jallo, Todd Jennings, Gordon Oldham IV and Megan Roach.

In the GOP primary, Grabelle so far faces just Rev. Jack Martin, who recently entered the race. As for others, Dave Koller is the only announced Democrat, while Matthew John Schnackenberg is listed as the Libertarian Party candidate.

To RSVP, contact Berny Jacques at [email protected].

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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