Longwood Commissioner Brian Sackett endorses Scott Sturgill in HD 30

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Longwood City Commissioner Brian Sackett is endorsing Republican Scott Sturgill in the race for State House District 30.

Sturgill faces incumbent Democrat Karen Castor Dentel for the district representing parts of Seminole and Orange Counties.

Sackett is a former educator in Florida and Vermont who served as City Commissioner of Longwood since 2003, as Deputy Mayor in 2003; and elected Mayor in May 2008 and May 2012.

“After getting to know Scott Sturgill and learning about his deep roots in the community and listening to his initiatives for the district, I am convinced that he will represent the citizens of Florida very well,” Sackett said in a statement on Friday. “Scott is an independent voice and is focused on long term solutions to address the issues that are impacting everyone, not just Republicans.”

Sturgill is CEO of Durable Safety Products and serves on the Seminole County Soil and Water Conservation District, Group 4.

“Commissioner Sackett has been an educator for 30 plus years and a public servant for the past 11 years,” Sturgill said. “Commissioner Sackett understands that my family and roots are firmly planted in Seminole County and that education will be a top priority for me in Tallahassee. I am proud to have received his support and endorsement and look forward to working with him and all of the local leaders.”

Sturgill’s campaign platform focuses on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation, economic growth, cutting government spending, improving health care and running local and state governments with a business approach.

Sturgill is a fourth-generation Floridian from Seminole County, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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