Jay Trumbull qualifies by petition for HD 6 race

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Panama City business executive Jay Trumbull has qualified by petition for the House District 6 ballot in November.

In a statement issued Friday, Trumbull announced that the Bay County Supervisor of Elections verified 1,083 signed petitions. At least 1,070 petitions are required for candidates to qualify in the HD 6 race to succeed term-limited Rep. Jimmy Patronis. The seat covers southern Bay County and Panama City, Panama City Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base.

“I’m proud of my team, and our effort to qualify by petition,” Trumbull says. “We are committed to taking our message to every door in Bay County, and the outpouring of support we’ve received in this petition gathering process is a great sign that the voters are embracing our vision for a path to permanent prosperity.”

Trumbull faces a crowded field for the August 26 GOP primary, including Mark Anderson, Norman Ray Bishop, Melissa Hagan, Thelma Rohan and Brian Charles Rust Jr. Democratic candidates are Jamie Carroll Shepard and Ryan Jack Singleton, with Henry Newman Lawrence III running for the Green Party.

Trumbull’s family has been in the bottled water and water-conditioning field for several generations, owning seven Culligan dealerships in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. He is a graduate of Bay High School and Auburn University and is married to Brittany Fishel, his high school sweetheart.

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