Chairman, Rick Hartley
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Duval GOP Endorses Candidates

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the Republican Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Duval County endorsed the following candidates for office:

Congress: The McCain-Feingold Act, Public Law 107-155 (Sec 101) prohibits any local Party without a “Federal Campaign Account” to spend money in the name of a Federal Candidate.  Therefore, we are prohibited from spending money promoting a “clearly identified Federal candidate” for federal office but of course individuals can contribute as they wish.  We recommend that you vote for the Republican Congressional Candidate on your ballot,

Governor – Rick Scott

Attorney General – Pam Bondi

Chief Financial Officer – Jeff Atwater

Commissioner of Agriculture – Adam Putnam

Florida House of Representatives

   District 11 – Janet Adkins

   District 12 – Lake Ray

   District 15 – Jay Fant

   District 16 – Charles McBurney

Duval County School Board – District 2 – Scott Shine

Soil & Water Conservation Board

   Group 1 – Choose between Patrick Bennett or Clarence Jarrell

   Group 3 – Tyler Bateh

   Group 5 – Dan Evans, Jr.

 Retention of Judges  -  Vote YES to retain Judges Lewis, Makar and Osterhaus.  Vote NO to retain Judges Benton and Roberts.


The Republican Party of Duval County urges all citizens to vote NO on all three proposed amendments.

Amendment 1 – This Amendment diverts 33% of the revenue currently being received from Doc Stamps to purchase Water & Conservation Land for the next 20 years.  That sounds nice. Currently the money is being spent to fund the Florida Housing Trust Fund for affordable homes for seniors, persons with disabilities and those with the lowest incomes AND the State Transportation Trust Fund for use in Public Transit Projects. By incorporating this into the State Constitution, it becomes very difficult to change.        (FS 215.618c).

This amendment does not raise taxes but will likely force the legislature to find new taxes to provide the affordable homes for seniors and persons with disabilities and fund public transit projects.

Amendment 2 - This is the ultimate scam, depicting hurting children to virtually legalize marijuana in Florida.  The ingredients in marijuana are available by prescription NOW.  The pill form won’t make you high.  That is why the push for “smoked medical marijuana”.

- In other states that have passed similar laws 90% of the approved users complained of non-specific pain, trouble sleeping and stress.

- “Pot Docs” and pill mill-style dispensaries will be easily accessible, marketed aggressively on street corners near you.

- Legalized Drug Dealers – the “caregivers’ described in Amendment 2 will be able to pitch their services to teens.  No prescriptions will be required.  No parental notification.  No age limits.

-  Once in the Constitution it will be almost impossible to make changes.  Citizens who don’t like the way lawyers and judges interpret the amendment would have to collect 683,000 petitions to put changes on the statewide ballot in an upcoming election.  This would be better addressed by the State Legislature.


Amendment 3This measure would allow a governor to “prospectively” fill future judicial vacancies on the last day of his term that have not become vacant yet.  The Duval GOP believes it is best if the newly elected governor appoint judges to vacancies that occur during the new governor’s term of office.