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Pinellas Young Republicans to host annual convention in St. Pete this weekend

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A host of top GOP leaders, including a couple of statewide candidates for 2018, will speak to a group of up and coming Party members this weekend at the annual Florida Federation of Young Republicans Convention.

Presented by the Pinellas County Young Republicans, the convention is June 9-10 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Among the weekend’s speakers are state Sens. Jack Latvala and Denise Grimsley, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, as well as presentations from Grow PAC and Innovate Florida. Putnam is now running for Florida Governor, Grimsley is looking to replace him as Agriculture Commissioner. Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who serves as Senate Appropriations chair, is also rumored to be considering a run for governor.

The weekend will feature a welcome reception Friday at the nearby Vinoy Renaissance Hotel, followed that evening by a brewery tour; business meetings and presentations will be Saturday, followed by a dinner event open to the public with Putnam as keynote speaker.

Tickets for the conference are $150, and a spot at the Putnam dinner reception is $100, available at

A portion of the convention will include elections for new members of the FFYR Executive Board.

Announced candidates are Robbie Foster for chair, Megan Roach for vice chair, Kelley Treon for secretary, Nicholas Primrose for treasurer, Anibal David Cabrera for assistant treasurer, Matthew Oberly for assistant secretary, Paul Skinner for national committeeman, and Elizabeth Granite for national committeewoman, as well as Jessica Fernandez for executive director and Erik Arroyo for general counsel.

Latvala and Putnam are both Presenting Sponsors of the event, as well as Joe and Jo Ann White of the White Family Foundation, according to the invite.

Lincoln Sponsors include Reps. Chris Sprowls and James Grant, state Sens. Jeff Brandes and Bill Galvano as well as Innovate Florida, Young Floridians for Opportunity PAC, and former Ambassador Mel Sembler and his wife Betty.

Reagan Sponsors are state Sens. Grimsley and Greg Steube, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, state Rep. Danny Burgess, former Sen. Paul Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mikurak, LJ Govoni, Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles Thomas as well as the Marone Law Group, Grow PAC, Spoor Bunch Franz CPA Reusable Transport Packaging, the Republican Party of Hillsborough County, the Republican Party of Florida, the Manatee County Young Republicans, and the Orange County Young Republicans.

The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is at 11 Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete.

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