Senate President Designate Don Gaetz endorses Tom Lee for State Senate seat in East Hillsborough

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Last Friday, Ronda Storms turned the political world in East Hillsborough upside down. Well, this week, it looks like we’re in for another busy Friday.

Senate President Designate Don Gaetz is endorsing former Senate President Tom Lee for the State Senate seat up for grabs as a result of Storms’s move.

Here’s the statement from Senator Gaetz.

“It is a special privilege for me to join with his friends and neighbors in the Tampa Bay area in endorsing Tom Lee for the Florida Senate. The unexpected departure of Senator Ronda Storms leaves her community and her district in need of strong leadership. In my view, Tom Lee is that strong leader.

“Senator Lee grew up and has spent his life in the community he seeks to represent.  He knows firsthand the struggles and successes of being a small business owner.  His beliefs reflect the conservative values and independent thinking of his neighbors.

  “As a former senator and former Senate president, Tom brings solid experience and a track record of real accomplishments to Tallahassee.  He will hit the ground running at full speed with the knowledge and skill to help build Florida’s future.  Tom Lee will be a leader in the Florida Senate the moment he walks on the floor.

“Personally, I look forward to working closely with Senator Lee and relying on him for guidance and advice during my years as Senate President.”

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