Primary Elections Recap

After months of fundraising, campaigning, scheming, punching, and counter-punching, candidates across Florida saw the fruits of their efforts come (and go) in the couple of hours after polls closed at 7pm yesterday.

Many outcomes were expected, some were surprising, and a few were just plain bizarre. On that note, what’s up with Central Florida? I mean, they actually elected the prosecutor who botched the Casey Anthony Trial as their new State Attorney? Seriously?  Oh well. I digress.

Anyway, this is a recap of election results and how things stand in some of the races we at Reaganista.com took a position on: Continue reading

Retain conservatives on the RPOF State Committee – Part 1, Jeff Howell (Leon)

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the next couple of weeks, we at Reaganista.com will be analyzing races across Florida and endorsing candidates whom we believe will fight to advance the cause of conservatism.  Because the number of races this August and November are overwhelming, we will not be endorsing in all of them, but rather will chime-in on those that we believe a lot is at stake. These may include local, state, federal and even internal Republican Party races.


Every four years, the Republican Party of Florida elects a new governing body known as the state committee.  in addition to some at-large members chosen by statewide elected officials, the Republican State Committee is comprised of three representatives from each of the state’s 67 counties: state committeeman, state committeewoman, and county party chairman.

My first two endorsements for the Republican Party of Florida State Committee are from my original home county of Miami-Dade and my current home county of León:

The race for GOP State Committeeman in León County pits incumbent Jeff Howell against longtime activist Bert Bevis.  Both men are decent Republicans with the party’s best interests at heart.  However, in the past four years, I have come to know current State Committeeman Jeff Howell personally as a man committed to not only growing the Republican Party, but most importantly (to me, at least) advancing the cause of conservatism from within the party itself.

My first encounter with Jeff Howell was as a visitor to the León County Republican Executive Committee in 2009 when the committee was considering a resolution that protested efforts by the state GOP to pick sides in a primary. Specifically, this was in response to Charlie Crist’s handpicked state party chairman Jim Greer’s failed attempt to waive party rules to formally endorse Crist and undermine then-underdog candidate Marco Rubio. Continue reading