Lakeland trial attorney John Hugh Shannon announced strong numbers in his effort for the open Florida House District 40 seat.
“A Thousand Words” is an infographic released by Shannon’s campaign on Tuesday, which shows the Republican qualified by petition, with 1043 signatures submitted, collected by knocking on about 2,900 doors in the district covering much of Polk County. The required number of signatures is just over 900.
In addition to his petition success, Shannon also raised $57,000 in the two months since announcing his candidacy, 70% of which came from donors inside HD 40.
Among the prominent Republicans lining up behind Shannon are former Polk County Sheriff Lawrence Crow, State Attorney Jerry Hill, former U.S. Rep Andy Ireland and retired USAF Col. Gary E. Clark.
After joining the United States Marine Corps in 1967, Shannon became an officer in 1968 and graduated Florida State University in June 1969. He completed the Florida Bar in February 1975, subsequently moving to Polk County and practiced law in Ft. Meade. Shannon has operated a private law practice in Lakeland since 1981.