Mike Hill, founder and president of the Northwest Florida Tea Party, won the Republican primary for the Fla. House Dist. 2 seat on Tuesday. A special election was required after the passing of State Representative Clay Ford, who served the district from 2007 through 2013.
Hill is a veteran of the United States Air Force, has owned a small business for over 20 years and is a devoted husband and father.
Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry and Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli congratulated Hill on winning the Republican nomination in a statement released Tuesday night.
“I congratulate Mike Hill for his victory in tonight’s special primary election. Mike is a true conservative, committed to the strengthening Florida’s economy by shrinking government and keeping taxes low,” Crisafulli said. “I know he will ably honor the legacy of Representative Clay Ford. I offer him my full support for the upcoming general election. I am confident Mike Hill will be elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and I look forward to serving alongside him.”
“I am proud that Mike Hill was nominated this evening. Mike is an outstanding candidate who will represent our party well in the general election, and I look forward to seeing him serve in the Florida House of Representatives,” Curry said. “The Republican Party of Florida stands ready to assist and looks forward to being an integral part of his campaign,”
Unofficial results gave Hill the win with 3,476 votes, or 42.14 percent, according to the Florida Division of Elections. The Special Election for House Dist. 2 will be held on June 11. The district covers portions of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties – namely Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze. Registered Republicans make up approximately 45% of the registered voters with Democrats accounting for 35%, according to the RPOF.
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