U.S. Rep David Jolly to hold first major fundraiser for re-election campaign May 22

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Pinellas County Republicans will be out in force May 22 to support U.S. Rep. David Jolly in his first major fundraiser for his re-election effort.

Jolly is running to retain the House seat he won less than two months ago in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which covers most of Pinellas County.

The event begins Thursday, May 22 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Island Way Grill in Clearwater Beach.

Island Way owner Frank Chivas serves as one of the event chairs, along with former Redington Shores Mayor Jay Beyrouti, attorney Brian Aungst, Jr., Pinellas GOP Vice Chair Nick DiCeglie, and Todd Jennings.

More than 65 of the local party faithful will be there, including Jolly’s former Republican primary rival State Rep. Kathleen Peters, as well as Patrick and Bill Young Jr., sons of the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Jolly’s successor.

Among those also attending the event:

  • State Sens. Jeff Brandes and Jack Latvala
  • Reps. Larry Ahern and Ed Hooper
  • Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
  • Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos
  • Former St. Petersburg  Mayor Rick Baker
  • House District 67 candidate Chris Latvala
  • House District 65 candidate Chris Sprowls
  • Former State Rep. Jim Frishe
  • Pinellas County Commissioners Neil Brickfield
  • Former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard
  • Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson
  • Clerk of Court Ken Burke

Those hoping to attend should get their checkbooks ready, an individual may contribute up to $2,600 for the primary election and $2,600 for the general election, for a total of $5,200. Federal multi-candidate PAC’s may contribute $5,000 per election.

The Island Way Grill is at 20 Island Way in Clearwater.

RSVP by contacting Rick Porter at rick@politicalcapitalflorida.com or calling (407) 849-1112.

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