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Pinellas Young Republicans make early endorsement of Berny Jacques in HD 66 race

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Are you ready for endorsements for the 2018 election cycle?

Ready or not, the Pinellas County Young Republicans have voted unanimously to get behind one of their own, unanimously endorsing attorney Berny Jacques in the race for House District 66.

That’s the seat that’s currently occupied by Seminole Republican Larry Ahern, but will be come vacant next year as term limits will prohibit him from running again next year.

Jacques served as president of the Pinellas Young Republicans from 2013 to 2015.

“I am honored to receive the unanimous endorsement of the Pinellas County Young Republicans,” said Jacques, 29. “This is a great organization that has been instrumental in growing our party among young adults. I can’t think of a better group to have by my side as I go door to door speaking with voters about the issues that matter to them.”

The Pinellas County Young Republicans is political organization comprised of registered Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40. Jacques served as president of the organization from 2013 to 2015.

Although he is laying relatively low for the moment, Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Nick DiCeglie announced last week that he too, is running for the Ahern seat next year.

House District 66 includes the Pinellas county cities of of Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, and Belleair.

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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