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    Jesse Phillips Decisively Sweeps First Two Straw Polls

    The Jesse Phillips campaign for Seminole County Republican State Committeeman gained momentum this week with two decisive straw poll wins. On Monday Jesse won the Seminole County Republican straw poll 79% to 21% and tonight Jesse won the East Side Regional Hob Nob 73% – 27%. Jesse Phillips released the following statement after the win:

    “Working for Republicans and conservative causes is both my history and my passion. I appreciate this week’s affirming votes by the leaders and activists throughout Central Florida and look forward to continuing this tireless work as the next State Committeeman if I am so fortunate.”

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    David Johnson Endorses Jesse Phillips for State Committeman

    Seminole County Property Appraiser David Johnson, CFA has endorsed Jesse Phillips as he seeks to become the county’s Republican State Committeeman. The endorsement comes as a growing list of community leaders voice their support for Phillips who currently serves as the Seminole GOP Secretary.

    David Johnson is a distinguished public servant and community leader, serving in his third term as Property Appraiser. His distinguished service includes a number of awards, including the Florida Association of Property Appraisers “President’s Award” (2007-2009), the “Good Government Award” from the Private Business Association of Seminole, the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce “Public Servant of the Year”, among others.

    “As someone who owns a home and runs a business in Seminole County, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of competent county leaders who strive for excellence,” said Jesse Phillips. “David Johnson’s leadership helps make Seminole County the best place to live in Central Florida.”

    David Johnson is adding his hame to an endorsement slate that already includes State Representatives Bob Cortes and Scott Plakon, Tax Collector Ray Valdes, Seminole County Commissioner John Horan, Commissioners Anthony Aramendia (Casselberry), Colleen Hufford (Casselberry), John Maingot (Longwood) and Mark Weller (Longwood), Justin York (Soil & Water Conservation Board).

    See the full list of endorsements here.

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    Ray Valdes Endorses Jesse Phillips for State Committeeman

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Jesse Phillips, 407-492-4915

    Seminole County Tax Collector the Honorable Ray Valdes has endorsed Jesse Phillips in his effort to become the county’s Republican State Committeeman. In addition to serving as Tax Collector since 1988, Mr. Valdes is the current Republican State Committeeman and announced at a recent Seminole GOP meeting that he would not seek re-election as State Committeeman.

    Ray Valdes has also served as President of all Florida Tax Collectors, President of the National Association of County Treasurers, Finance Officers, and Tax Collectors, President of the National Conference of Republican County Officials, and President of the National Association of County Hispanic Officials.

    “When I heard that Ray Valdes would not be seeking re-election, I knew there would be a large void to fill,” Jesse Phillips said. “I’m honored to have his support in my effort to become our next State Committeeman.”

    Ray Valdes is adding his hame to an endorsement slate that already includes State Representatives Bob Cortes and Scott Plakon, Seminole County Commissioner John Horan, Commissioners Anthony Aramendia (Casselberry), Colleen Hufford (Casselberry), John Maingot (Longwood) and Mark Weller (Longwood), Justin York (Soil & Water Conservation Board) Patricia Sullivan, and John Stemberger (Florida Family Policy Council).

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    Commissioner John Horan and John Stemberger Endorse

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Jesse Phillips, 407-492-4915

    Seminole County Commissioner John Horan has endorsed Jesse Phillips in his effort to become the Republican State Committeeman from Seminole County. John Horan was elected to the Seminole County Commission in 2010 and is a widely respected community leader. John is also a retired attorney recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” from 2008-2012.

    Also adding his name to the list of supporters is John Stemberger, President of the Florida Family Policy Council. In addition to being an advocate on issues of life, marriage and family for over 30-years, John has served as Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida and a consultant to state, federal and presidential campaigns.

    Commissioner Horan and John Stemberger are adding their names to an endorsement slate that includes State Representatives Bob Cortes and Scott Plakon, Anthony Aramendia (Casselberry Commissioner), Colleen Hufford (Casselberry Commissioner), John Maingot (Longwood Commissioner) and Mark Weller (Longwood Commissioner), Patricia Sullivan and Justin York (Soil & Water Conservation Board).

    “Residents of Seminole County should be thankful for the role Commissioner Horan has played in helping make Seminole County the place to live, work and raise a family in Central Florida,” Jesse Phillips said. “His leadership is invaluable and he is a great friend to the Republican Party. I am honored to have his support.”

    “There is nobody who has done more to fight for our conservative principles and values than John Stemberger,” Phillips added. “Those who value life, understand the importance of strong marriages and the role of the family in society have no greater friend or advocate. I am blessed to have his support.”

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    Commissioners Aramendia, Hufford (Casselberry), Maingot and Weller (Longwood) endorse

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Jesse Phillips, 407-492-4915

    A number of key local leaders have endorsed Jesse Phillips in his effort to become the Republican State Committeeman from Seminole County. Among those adding their names to an endorsement slate that already includes State Representatives Bob Cortes and Scott Plakon are: Anthony Aramendia (Casselberry Commissioner), Colleen Hufford (Casselberry Commissioner), John Maingot (Longwood Commissioner) and Mark Weller (Longwood Commissioner), Patricia Sullivan and Justin York (Soil & Water Conservation Board).

    “I am very happy to have received the support of a growing number of community leaders,” Jesse Phillips said. ” These individuals have tirelessly served our community and party for many years. I rubbed shoulders with many of them on our way to our historic win over the Democrats in Seminole County’s battle ground House District 30 last election. As State Committeeman, I look forward to working to strengthen our party and build on the the momentum we have created.”

    In addition to the elected officials, the campaign also released an endorsement page on its website including eighteen citizens and community leaders who have backed the effort.

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    RELEASE: Jesse Phillips Announces Bid for State Committeeman

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Jesse Phillips, 407-492-4915

    Jesse Phillips, the Secretary of the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee, has announced that he is running to be the Republican State Committeeman from Seminole County.

    “This is an important time for our party and country. Like you, I am concerned about where we are headed, and committed to work for a Republican party that is equal to task of answering the challenges of our generation,” Phillips said in an announcement on his website.

    “The best hope we have to advance our values is to develop an effective state party that can demonstrate the benefits of limited government and individual liberty by working to elect state and national leadership to carry these forward.”

    Along with the announcement, the campaign website also announced two key endorsements. State Representative Bob Cortes (HD-30) and State Representative Scott Plakon (HD-29) have endorsed Jesse Phillips for Republican State Committeeman.

    Prior to being elected as the Seminole GOP Secretary, Jesse managed the Bob Cortes campaign, in which Seminole County voters elected the first Hispanic member of the State House of Representatives in the history of the county. Jesse also led Restore Justice, a statewide conservative grassroots initiative to educate voters on the records of several Justices on the state’s high court. The two year effort to unite Republican Executive Committees throughout the state led to the RPOF recommending voters not retain the Justices, the only time any major party has made such a recommendation in Florida state history.

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