Duval County leaders endorse Paul Renner in HD 15 race

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A collection of Duval County leaders announced the endorsement of attorney Paul Renner in the GOP primary for House District 15.

Renner, a Jacksonville native, faces Jay Fant in the Aug. 26 primary to represent the western part of Jacksonville and much of Duval County.

Former Republican state Sen. Steve Wise, Clerk of the Court and former Jacksonville City Council President Ronnie Fussell, former Jacksonville City Council President Alberta Hipps and Jacksonville Councilman Ray Holt all have come out in support of Renner.

In a statement, Wise said he is happy Renner running for the District 15 seat.

“Northeast Florida needs a proven conservative leader who can be a strong voice for education, ensuring parents have the rights and choices they deserve in education, as well as protecting the future of homeschooling in Florida,” he said.

“Paul Renner understands there must be a balance between government and business in order to create and sustain jobs in Jacksonville,” added Fussell.

Hipps said he was backing Renner because he “understands how vital the Cecil Commerce Center is to Westside jobs and, moreover, Jacksonville’s future economic growth.

Holt cited Renner’s military experience of more than two decades in the U.S. Navy, both active duty and in the reserves. He was deployed during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and in Afghanistan in 2011.

“Northeast Florida’s veteran population needs a leader in Tallahassee with military experience,” Holt said. “I support Paul Renner because his 23-year service in the U.S. Navy best equips him to protect our country’s heroes here at home.”

Since launching District 15 campaign, Renner has received the endorsements of numerous conservative groups and leaders, including U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, state Sen. John Thrasher, state Rep. Daniel Davis, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, the Associated Industries of Florida, JAXBIZ, and the Florida Medical Association, among others.

Renner serves as a partner at the law firm of Milam Howard Nicandri Dees and Gillam, and is President of the Jacksonville Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society and General Counsel to the Duval County Republican Party.

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