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Glen Gilzean backing Berny Jacques in HD 66 race in 2018

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A week after the Pinellas County Young Republicans endorsed his candidacy for the House District 66 in 2018, Berny Jacques announced Wednesday that he has received the endorsement of former Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean. 

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Berny both on a personal level and as a grassroots conservative leader,” said Gizean on Wednesday. “As a former Pinellas County School Board member, I am confident that Berny will pursue policies that strengthen our public schools while also empowering parents with choices in their child’s education.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Glen Gilzean,” said Jacques. “Glen has a strong track record when it comes to fighting for all kids to have access to a quality education. His support inspires me to make education reform a priority in our campaign.”

Gilzean serves as the President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League, and was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. He served ten months on the Pinellas School Board in 2012 after being named by Scott to fill the seat left empty by the death of former school board member Lew Williams, but was defeated that November by Rene Flowers.

Jacques is an attorney based in St. Petersburg, but previously served as an Assistant State Attorney in Pinellas County. He is the first candidate to officially announce that he is running for the House District 66 seat currently occupied by Larry Ahern, who is term-limited next year.

Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chair Nick DiCeglie has also said he is running, but has not officially filed the paperwork yet.

House District 66 encompasses Clearwater, Largo, Seminole and Belleair.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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