Paul Renner qualifies for ballot by petition in HD 15

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Jacksonville Republican Paul Renner has qualified by petition to run for the open seat in House District 15.

Renner is running to replace term-limited state Rep. Daniel Davis in the area that covers much of Duval County. The military veteran and former prosecutor submitted 1,000 verified signatures, more than the 973 required to qualify and appear on the ballot for HD 15.

Renner’s campaign noted that supporters gathered all of his petitions by hand, by knocking on doors throughout the district.

 “I am honored and encouraged that so many voters in our community have petitioned for my name to be on the ballot to represent House District 15,” Renner said in a statement. “Having grown up in Jacksonville, I look forward to the opportunity to bring strong, common sense, conservative leadership to Tallahassee.

“If elected, I will advocate for policies that promote economic growth and jobs, expand opportunity and improve the quality of life in our community.”

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

Since launching his campaign to represent the people of House District 15, Renner has received endorsements from state Sen. John Thrasher and Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

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