John Shannon releases first TV spot for HD 40 campaign

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Lakeland Attorney and Marine Corps veteran John Hugh Shannon released a new TV ad this week introducing him as a conservative leader in the race for Florida House District 40.

If elected, Shannon says he will use all of his abilities to “fight Obamacare and Common Core,” as well as keeping taxes low so businesses and jobs can grow.

“With your vote,” he says in the 30-second spot, “you grant me the privilege of protecting our way of life and our children’s future.”

After joining the United States Marine Corps in 1967, Shannon became an officer in 1968, graduating from Florida State University in 1969. Passing the Florida Bar in February 1975, Shannon subsequently moved to Polk County and began practicing law in Ft. Meade. Shannon has operated a Lakeland private law practice since 1981.

Shannon is running as a conservative to succeed the powerful term-limited Rep. Seth McKeel in a Republican-leaning district covering much of metropolitan Lakeland and Polk County. He faces Colleen Burton in the GOP primary, and the winner will encounter Democrat Ricky Shirah and American Independent Party candidate Franklin Shoemaker.

The ad is also available on YouTube.

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