Meet Peret Pass – one of the “30 under 30” rising stars in Florida politics

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Peret Pass, 24, grew up yelling at the television while the news was on, driving her family crazy. Peret’s aunt Deborah decided to offer Peret a more constructive outlet for her passions and put her in touch with the local Republican Party, where Peret got to know County REC Chairman Mike Hightower and activist John Falconetti.

“She then dropped me off at the REC HQ and they put me to work,” Peret writes. “Almost 10 years later, here I am – Chairman of the Florida Young Republicans and a political consultant. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks, Aunt Deb!”

Peret feels most strongly about her word, sharing that there is no deal or opportunity that would lead her to go back on a promise — a principle that is “strengthened through my faith in God, loyalty, staying true to myself, and sense of family.”

Among politicos that Peret admires, Sen. John Thrasher rises to the top. “If we had more like him, this world would be a much better place,” she writes.

Peret also understands the challenges of working in politics, expressing the importance of having self-confidence to endure it, saying,  “This business can sometimes get personal and you need to be prepared to hold fast to your core values.”

Latest tweet from @PNP07: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell Spot on quote! Thanks for sending, Dad!

I am 24 years-young.

I live in (which city) … Am from (which city) …. I went to school (which college). I hope to visit (which place) soon enough.

Jacksonville, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Florida State University & American Public University; I hope to backpack through Europe, and upon my return work hard for our 2016 Republican Presidential nominee and attend his/her inauguration in Washington DC.

I entered politics because… Politics has always been something that I’ve been passionate about. Growing up, I would constantly be yelling at the TV while the news was on, and it drove my family crazy. My Aunt, Deborah Pass-Durham finally decided that I needed a more constructive outlet and contacted her friends with the local Republican Party; the County REC Chairman Mike Hightower and leading activist John Falconetti. She then dropped me off at the REC HQ and they put me to work. Almost 10 years later, here I am- Chairman of the Florida Young Republicans and a political consultant. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks, Aunt Deb!

One principle I always put above politics is… My word is my bond! There is no transaction, deal or opportunity that will lead me to go back on my word. This is strengthened through my faith in God, loyalty, staying true to myself, and sense of family.

Person or people who gave me my first shot: My first major election cycle was 2006. I was fortunate enough to work with a lot of really great people, including Clint Fuhrman and John Falconetti. I had a great time, learned a lot, and still call them both friends. It was a life changing opportunity and I definitely don’t think I’d be where I am without having met them.

I’ve already worked for/on: I have had the privilege of working for some great people from the federal level down to the local level. While the list is long 4 of my favorites have been CFO Jeff Atwater, Senator John Thrasher, Senator Aaron Bean and RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry. I value the relationship I have with each of them and am thankful for the opportunity to work with them.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for… I won’t work for a candidate unless they are the best person for the job. I really have to believe in them. Therefore, the first thing I look for is the integrity and quality of the candidate. 

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors: I’ve been blessed to have a number of people help guide me, give advice when needed, and have my back. Most notably, my grandmother Delores Kesler; she is my hero and I can only aspire to live my life and give back the way she has. Second would have to be John Falconetti. I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am without him.  John has supported me throughout my entire political career. He always tells me like it is, whether I want to hear it or not. Before I make a move or major decision, he is my first call. I can’t thank either of them enough or the rest of my family for their constant support. I don’t know what I did right to deserve the support team that I have, but I consider myself lucky to have the people I do by my side.

The people I most admire in politics are: I have tremendous admiration for Margaret Thatcher and Condi Rice. However, I’d have to say that I probably admire Senator John Thrasher most. I have had the honor of working side by side him for the last few years and I can tell you, we need more people like him in politics. He really “gets it”, has a true passion for public policy and making this state the best place to live and work. You don’t find many people of his caliber who are still willing to walk door to door and thank every volunteer they come across. Senator Thrasher never misses an opportunity to show his appreciation. In addition, he is a devout family man. If we had more like him, this world would be a much better place. 

One lesson I’ve already learned is… Politics is a contact sport, and you have to have confidence in yourself. This business can sometimes get personal and you need to be prepared to hold fast to your core values. During difficult times, or while under attack stay true to yourself and hold fast to that which you believe in the most. 

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be working in (which field)… Probably public relations and marketing

In ten years, you’ll read about me… Helping to elect yet another conservative to office.

You can connect with me via (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) 

Twitter: @PNP07

Facebook: Facebook.com/peret.pass

Email: Peret@PassConsultingGroup.com

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.