That’s because last Tuesday’s election results produced several results reversing the local GOP’s almost complete dominance of Pinellas politics.
President Obama handily won the bellwether county, while local Democrats unseated two incumbent members of the County Commission and a three-term member of the Florida Legislature. This despite a vast fundraising advantage held by the Republicans.
While it remains to be seen whether Pinellas GOP chief Jay Beyrouti will seek a third term as Chairman of the PCREC, a strong candidate for Vice Chair is emerging.
Local businessman and dedicated GOP activist Nick DiCeglie has sent a letter to his colleagues on the PCREC announcing his candidacy for Vice Chair.
DiCeglie has owned Solar Sanitation Inc., a waste management concern, since 1996. The company was recognized by the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce as the Medium Business of the Year.
DiCeglie says his business skills make him ideally suited to lead the Pinellas GOP.
“I know how to get things done,” says DiCeglie. “I know how to prepare a budget, make payroll, and make the tough decisions to keep costs down while offering the best possible service to my customers. These are the same skills that are required to lead the Pinellas County Republicans.”
In addition to being a successful business owner and a committed family man, Nick is actively involved in the Pinellas County community. His interests and activities range from local politics to serving as the Chair Elect for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce to philanthropic endeavors, which include the Suncoast Hospice Resource Development Council as well as St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo. Nick also serves on the Indian Rocks Beach Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Directors of Belleair Rotary Club, Pinellas County Economic Development Council and Leadership Pinellas Board of Directors.
In his letter to his Republican colleagues, DiCeglie outlines a four-point plan for the Pinellas GOP called “First in Florida”, which involves “Emphasis on Voter Registration and Voter Enthusiasm”, “Fundraising”, “Increased Transparency and Accountability”, and “Investing in the Future.”
Currently, Michael Guju is Vice Chair of the Pinellas GOP, but it is assumed he will run for Chair during the PCREC elections scheduled for December 10. Beyrouti is expected to announce his intentions at the November meeting.
Regardless of what either men do, it’s clear the future of the party is Nick DeCeglie.