In the open Jacksonville State House seat being vacated by Rep. Daniel Davis, Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford has endorsed Republican Paul Renner.
“Paul Renner deserves to represent the voters of Northeast Florida, as a man with a proven track record of public service, a respected business lawyer and prosecutor,” said Sheriff Rutherford. “Paul is also a decorated veteran, most recently earning the Defense Meritorious Service Medal in Afghanistan, as his work led directly to the capture and arrest of those who meant harm to our Nation. I support him in his race for the Florida House of Representatives District 15.”
“Sheriff Rutherford is a strong leader and respected public servant and I am honored to have his endorsement,” said Renner. “I plan to bring the same strong leadership to the state legislature. I will support common sense, conservative policies that protect our community, promote economic growth, and push back against government overreach that undermines our prosperity here at home.”
According to a release, Renner was raised in Jacksonville and is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. He served 23-years in the US Navy on both active duty and in the reserves, including deployments in support of combat operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and in Afghanistan during 2011. His personal awards include the Combat Action Ribbon and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He also served as an assistant state attorney, earning a strong reputation for his successful efforts to prosecute serious felony offenses.
Renner is an attorney and partner at Milam Howard Nicandri Dees and Gillam, P.A., where he represents many local businesses. He is active in the community and has served as President of the Jacksonville Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society and as General Counsel to the Duval County Republican Party. He also participates in a number of civic and professional organizations, including Rotary and the Westside Business Leaders’ Association. Paul and his wife reside on the Westside.