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Meet Berny Jacques, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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The 28-year-old Berny Jacques is an assistant state attorney for Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit, but is a pure political animal, also chairman of the Young Floridians for Opportunity PAC. A native of Haiti who immigrated to the states when he was 7, he got his first opportunity when U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart brought him on as an intern in the summer of 2006, a gig he replicated the next two summers.

During his tenure as president of the Pinellas County Young Republicans, he worked on a number of successful campaigns, such as David Jolly’s special election victory in early 2014, as well as helping fellow YRs Chris Latvala and Chris Sprowls get elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

Jacques calls former Pinellas REC Chairmen Paul Bedinghaus and Jay Beyrouti as mentors, and says he learned through shadowing state Sen. Jeff Brandes and state Rep. Larry Ahern during last year’s Legislative Session how important relationships are in getting ahead in the political world.

Social media: (Facebook), @bernyjacques (Twitter), @bernyjacques (Instagram), bernja (Snapchat), @bernyjacques (Periscope).

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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