Jeff Brandes files to run for the Florida Senate

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Today State Representative Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) announced his plans to run for the Republican nomination of newly created Senate District 22. The new senate district covers much of south Pinellas County and South Tampa.

“After careful consideration and strong encouragement from friends and family I have decided to run for the State Senate,” stated Representative Brandes. “It is clear to me that our region and state needs strong leaders in Tallahassee with real world experience, who are committed to solving problems.”

Representative Brandes was elected to the State House in 2010 after defeating two-term incumbent Bill Heller. In just two years Brandes has distinguished himself as a principled leader who has achieved success on legislation dealing with jobs, transportation, education, and government efficiency.

“Tallahassee is broken and people today have too little faith that their leaders can actually get things done,” continued Representative Brandes. “I’m running for the Senate because I know I can get results and make sure that the system serves the people, not the other way around.”

Representative Brandes is married to Natalie Brandes and they have two children Charlotte (4), and Colin (1). Brandes is a veteran, who joined the U.S. Army reserves right out of high school and saw combat serving as a transportation officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since leaving the service Brandes has spent much of his time working in his family’s lumber and building supply company, Tibbetts Lumber (formerly Cox Lumber). Brandes is a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg, member of Bay Cities Bank Board, and past chairman of “First Night” St. Petersburg.

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