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St. Johns Sheriff David Shoar backs Michael Waltz for Congress

The Sheriff of St. Johns County is endorsing Michael Waltz in Florida’s 6th Congressional District.

Waltz, a former Green Beret and White House staffer, is a current Fox News commentator.

“Lieutenant Colonel Michael Waltz is a great American and patriot,” said St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar. “He has given a lifetime of selfless service to our nation, state, and community. He is exactly the type of consistent conservative we need leading the fight in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda for our community and for Florida. I’m proud to endorse Michael Waltz for Congress.”

Waltz said upon the announcement, “I am humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of Sheriff Shoar who understands the courage and sacrifice required to keep our community safe. Sheriff Shoar is a warrior diplomat who has not only served our community as St. John’s County Sheriff to keep our families safe, but also in the Florida Army National Guard for 25 years. I look forward to working with Sheriff Shoar as we work together for a stronger, safer, and more prosperous America.”

Currently, there are three candidates on the Republican side of the race to replace Rep. Ron DeSantis.

John Ward, a Ponte Vedra businessman, is the cash leader.

As of the end of March, Ward had raised $912,000 and had $709,340 on hand (with $555,000 of that from his own checkbook).

Waltz, who loaned his own campaign $400,000, has $653,354 on hand of the total $706,000 in receipts.

Ward and Waltz thus far have demonstrated the most fundraising ability on the Republican side. Former state Rep. Fred Costello has $15,720 on hand. St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns has yet to report fundraising.

One Democrat, in terms of fundraising, is in the Ward/Waltz neighborhood.

Nancy Soderberg, a former Ambassador to the United Nations under Bill Clinton, currently leads the primary field with $920,000 in total fundraising after reporting $375,000 raised for the quarter. With $595,000 on hand, she is keeping pace with the Republicans, without spending her own money on the campaign so far.

Another Democrat, Stephen Sevigny, brought in $250,000 in the first quarter. Sevigny’s total includes $50,000 in candidate loans. He finished the quarter with $227,000 on hand.

The 6th Congressional District runs from St. Johns to Volusia counties.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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