Jeb Bush weighs in on HD 36 special election, endorses Bill Gunter

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It’s not a surprise that former Republican governor has endorsed Republican Bill Gunter in the special election for House District 36.

It’s just surprising that Bush would weigh in on a legislative race. Endorsements from Bush in such races are a rarity. What convinced Bush is Gunter’s commitment to education. 

“Bill understands how important education is to strengthening our communities,” said Bush in a release. “(He will work tirelessly to ensure our children receive a world-class education that will prepare them for success in today’s global economy.”

Gunter will face Democrat Amanda Murphy on October 15. Murphy ran unopposed for her party’s nomination.

A special election for House District 36 was required after Gov. Rick Scott appointed Mike Fasano to be Pasco County Tax Collector last month.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.