Duval County School Board Member Jason Fischer files to run for House District 16 seat

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Duval County School Board Member Jason Fischer is looking to take his brand of conservative values and education reforms to Tallahassee.

The Jacksonville native and electrical engineer filed paperwork this week for a 2016 run as a Republican for House District 16, currently held by state Rep. Charles McBurney, who is serving his final term.

Prior to his election to the School Board in 2012, Fischer worked for Florida Power & Light (FPL) until 2006, when he left to serve as a civilian engineer with the United States Navy. In 2010, he earned recognition by the Association of Energy Engineers as a “Legend in Energy.”

In 2011, Fisher went to work for CSX, one of the country’s largest transportation companies, negotiating energy and utility contracts in over 20 states. Fischer currently works for URETEK Holdings, supervising business development in the Jacksonville metro area.

In 2012, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Duval County School Board.

Dedication to public service and commitment to real education reform are Fisher’s two most important issues, he told the Florida Times-Union in 2012.

“My commitment to real education reform is clear: accountability, school choice, and teacher quality,” Fisher said. “I am the only candidate who will stand up to the status quo, and that is why I have been endorsed by former Governor Jeb Bush and the JAXBIZ.”

So far, Fischer will face Republican Dick Kravitz in a GOP primary for District 16, which covers parts of downtown Jacksonville and Duval County.

Fischer’s campaign website is JasonForFlorida.com.

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