Nick DiCeglie – Florida Politics

Berny Jacques adds $21K for HD 66 campaign

Republican Berny Jacques announced Tuesday that he raised $21,140 last month for his campaign to succeed term limited Rep. Larry Ahern in House District 66.

The St. Petersburg attorney raised $16,000 of the new money through his campaign account and another $5,140 through his political committee, Protect Pinellas.

“Our campaign’s message of consistent, principled conservatism is resonating,” Jacques said. “Since announcing my candidacy just over a year ago, I’ve been both humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of support from voters across Pinellas. Our campaign is proud to have reached yet another fundraising milestone and we look forward to the months ahead!”

The March haul gives Jacques nearly $160,000 in total fundraising since he entered the race in March 2017. The new reports are not yet available through the Florida Division of Elections, and his campaign did not say how much it spent or how much it has on hand.

At the end of February, Jacques had $100,701 in the bank.

Jacques faces Belleair Bluffs businessman Nick DiCeglie in the Republican Primary. Also running for the seat are Democrat Alex Hereen and Reform Party candidate Paul Anthony Bachmann.

None of the other candidates have reported their March numbers.

At the end of February, DiCeglie had raised a total to $90,354 and had $72,216 on hand, while Hereen had about $5,600 in the bank and Bachmann $345.

HD 66 is a safe Republican district. It covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

Nick DiCeglie endorsed by local businessmen in HD 66 race

Republican Nick DiCeglie announced Tuesday that three Pinellas County businessmen have endorsed his bid to succeed termed-out Rep. Larry Ahern in House District 66.

The endorsements came in from Brian Aungst Jr., a shareholder at the law firm MacFarlane, Ferguson, McMullen; Alex Chamberlain, the CEO of Easy Living Home Care, a private duty home health care company serving individuals and families in Clearwater; and Ray Ferrara, the CEO and Chairman of ProVise Management Group.

All three businessmen are past chairs of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, a position DiCeglie held for two terms.

“Nick has been a champion for our community for decades,” said Aungst. “His real-world experience as a small business owner and his commitment as a dedicated father and husband makes him the best candidate to represent our community. Nick will serve his District faithfully and with distinction. I know that he will make all of us proud to call him our representative.”

“I have gotten to know Nick over the past five years and I can say Nick is a true community leader with a strong commitment to family,” said Chamberlain. “His leadership and dedication to our area is contributing to the betterment of our entire district. In times like this, he is one we need in Tallahassee. I am proud to call Nick a friend and endorse his candidacy for District 66.”

“Nick is a straight forward, principled leader that you can trust will always do what he says,” said Ferrara. “We need more leaders like Nick in Tallahassee – fighting for what’s right, not what is necessarily convenient at the time.”

DiCeglie, who runs Clearwater-based trash removal and recycling company Solar Sanitation, is running against St. Petersburg attorney Berny Jacques in the Republican Primary for HD 66. Democrat Alex Heeren and Reform Party candidate Paul Bachmann are also running for the seat.

“These three gentlemen are top notch, from their service in our community to running their respective businesses, they know what it takes to create jobs for Florida Families and I truly appreciate their support,” said DiCeglie.

Other recent endorsements for DiCeglie include Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Ken Burke, as well as Largo Mayor Woody Brown and City Commissioner Curtis Holmes.

HD 66 is a safe Republican district. It covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

DiCeglie was the top fundraiser in the HD 66 field last month with $10,560 raised, though Jacques holds the overall lead.

DiCeglie has raised a total of $90,354 with $72,216 on hand, while Jacques has raised $138,545 since entering the race in March 2017 and had $100,701 in the bank after a year in the race.

Nick DiCeglie fundraiser this Friday

Republican Nick DiCeglie is holding a fundraiser for his House District 66 campaign on March 23 in St. Petersburg.

The event is set to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Mayor’s Mansion, 609 11th Ave. South. Those interested in attending can RSVP with Rick Porter at 407-849-1112 or Rick@PoliticalCapitalFlorida.com.

DiCeglie is running for the seat currently held by termed-out Rep. Larry Ahern. He faces St. Petersburg attorney Berny Jacques in the Republican Primary.

Through the end of February, the Belleair Bluffs businessman had raised more than $90,000 and had $72,000 of that money on hand in his campaign account.

Jacques, who entered the race six months ahead of DiCeglie, has raised a total of $138,545 and has a little over $100,000 in the bank.

Also running for the seat are Democrat Alex Hereen and Reform Party candidate Paul Anthony Bachmann. Hereen started March with about $5,600 in the bank, while Bachmann has raised $345 since filing in August.

HD 66 is a safe Republican district. It covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

The invitation to DiCeglie’s fundraiser is below.

Nick DiCeglie Fundraiser Invitation

Nick DiCeglie adds $10K for HD 66 campaign in February

Republican Nick DiCeglie was the top fundraiser in the House District 66 field last month with $10,560 raised.

The February report brings the Pinellas County businessman’s campaign total to $90,354, with $72,216 on hand.

The new money came in across 29 contributions, including a half dozen for the primary campaign maximum of $1,000.

Max donors for the month included ASG Consulting Group, RSG Consulting Group, Florida Farm PAC, FTBA Transportation PAC, LEMA Construction and accounting firm Sams IV.

Expenditures for the month totaled $2,114 and included a $1,000 payment to Jacksonville-based Political Capital for fundraising consulting and a $998 payment to Tallahassee-based Supernova Digital Communications for social media consulting.

Though DiCeglie posted the highest total for the month, he trails Republican primary opponent Berny Jacques in overall fundraising. The pair are competing to take over for termed-out Republican Rep. Larry Ahern.

Jacques added $1,175 in February and spent $8,291 between his campaign and committee, Protect Pinellas.

The St. Petersburg attorney finished the month with $138,545 in total fundraising since entering the race in March 2017, and had $100,701 in the bank.

Jacques’ February money came in through seven contributions, all to his campaign. Top contributors for the reporting period included Samuel Bright and Sandra Hutton, each of whom gave $500.

Spending included more than $7,000 in payments to Gainesville-based Data Targeting Research for printing and consulting work, with $700 paying for accounting costs through Robinson Hanks Young & Roberts and $500 heading to campaign staff.

Also running for HD 69 are Democrat Alex Hereen and Reform Party candidate Paul Anthony Bachmann.

Hereen raised $3,556 in February and spent $3,939, leaving him with about $5,600 in the bank, while Bachmann reported just $345 in contributions since filing for the seat in August.

HD 66 is a safe Republican district. It covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

HD 66 candidate Berny Jacques endorsed by EJ Otero

Republican Berny Jacques announced Tuesday that retired Air Force Col. Evelio “EJ” Otero had endorsed his campaign for coastal Pinellas-based House District 66.

Otero led the establishment of the first ever U.S. Command Headquarters in Qatar and at one time was the Chief of Coalition Intelligence at MacDill Air Force Base. In 2012 he was the Republican nominee for Florida’s 14th Congressional District, losing to Democratic U.S. Rep. Cathy Castor on Election Day.

“I’ve had the pleasure to see Berny’s tremendous leadership skills,” Otero said in a press release. “Berny is a strong conservative thinker who is always in tune with issues affecting the community. It is my privilege to support one of the highest caliber individuals running for the Florida House. I respect Berny and I’m proud to encourage voters to unequivocally vote for him.”

Otero joins Seminole City Councilmember Roger Edelman, former Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean and Largo Commissioner and former police chief John Carroll, among others, in endorsing the St. Petersburg attorney.

“It is truly an honor to have the support of Col. EJ Otero,” Jacques said. “Col. Otero is someone I’ve always admired for his record of leadership in our military, and for his efforts as a grassroots conservative activist in the Tampa Bay Area. I won’t let him down.”

Jacques is competing with Belleair Bluffs businessman Nick DiCeglie for the GOP nomination to succeed term-limited Republican Rep. Larry Ahern.

Also running for the seat are Democrat Alex Heeren and Reform Party candidate Paul Bachmann, though the winner of the Republican Primary has the best odds to win the seat in November given its GOP tilt.

HD 66 covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

Through the end of January, Jacques was leading the money race with nearly $108,000 on hand between his campaign account and political committee, Protect Pinellas.

DiCeglie, who entered the race six months after Jacques, had about $64,000 on hand through the same date.

Nick DiCeglie hosting March Madness fundraiser

State House candidate Nick DiCeglie is holding a fundraiser during the height of March Madness, and attendees are encouraged to wear some flair for their favorite team, be it an alma mater or a Cinderella.

The fundraiser is slated for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Angry Pepper Taphouse in Seminole, 9366 Oakhurst Road.

Attendees are encouraged to wear the logo of their favorite tournament team, so those on the bubble may need to wait until after Selection Sunday to pick out their attire.

DiCeglie’s invite didn’t say what logo he’ll be wearing, the invite did list his March Madness team, which includes Carol Bumiller, Diane Blum, Janice Hill, Carol Williams, Ann Muller, Diane Nelson and Mary Erickson-Tweiten.

Those looking to attend can RSVP by emailing rick@politicalcapitalflorida.com.

While aren’t set for March Madness, voters have a little bit better of an idea of who’ll be facing off in the House District 66 race.

DiCeglie, a Republican, is running for the coastal Pinellas County seat currently held by termed out Republican Rep. Larry Ahern.

He faces St. Petersburg attorney Berny Jacques in the GOP primary for HD 66, while Democrat Alex Heeren and Reform Party candidate Paul Bachmann are so far uncontested in the primary.

The winner of the Republican Primary will be the undisputed No. 1 seed in the general election – HD 66 has is a safe Republican seat.

Through the end of January, Jacques held the fundraising lead with nearly $108,000 on hand between his campaign account and political committee, Protect Pinellas.

DiCeglie, who runs Clearwater-based trash removal and recycling company Solar Sanitation, had about $64,000 on hand in his campaign account through the same date.

The invitation is below.

DiCeglie Fundraiser 3.15.18

Pinellas County clerk endorses Nick DiCeglie for HD 66

Republican Nick DiCeglie announced Monday that Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Ken Burke has endorsed his campaign for House District 66.

“Nick has all the qualities to make for an outstanding legislator,” Burke said. “He is a leader in his community and church. He is a good father and husband. He is the owner of a successful business.

“All of these attributes are needed to make the right decisions for the future of Florida. Our State needs independent thinkers like Nick to serve in the Florida Legislature. It is my honor to be counted among his supporters.”

DiCeglie is running for the Pinellas County seat currently held by termed-out Republican Rep. Larry Ahern. He faces St. Petersburg attorney Berny Jacques in the GOP primary.

“I’m honored to have the support of Ken Burke,” DiCeglie said in a press release. “Ken is a well-respected leader within our party and to many throughout Pinellas County. I appreciate his guidance and look forward to working together on policies that protect our conservative values for the future of our community and our state.”

Through the end of January, Jacques held the fundraising lead with nearly $108,000 on hand between his campaign account and political committee, Protect Pinellas.

DiCeglie, who runs Clearwater-based trash removal and recycling company Solar Sanitation, had about $64,000 on hand in his campaign account through the same date.

Also running for the seat are Democrat Alex Heeren and Reform Party candidate Paul Bachmann.

HD 66 is a safe Republican district. It covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

County Commissioner Dave Eggers backing Nick DiCeglie in HD 66 race

Republican Nick DiCeglie announced Tuesday that Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers had endorsed his campaign for House District 66, currently held by term-limited Republican Rep. Larry Ahern.

“Nick has such high energy, high character and high aspirations for our community and our state,” Eggers said in a press release. “As a family man, business owner and an American patriot, I support Nick DiCeglie as our next leader in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee.”

DiCeglie, who runs Clearwater-based trash removal and recycling company Solar Sanitation, said he was “honored” to have Eggers’ support in the race.

“He is a business-minded leader, with over 30-years in the private sector – something we need more of in our elected officials. His experience and vision for our community has been a breath of fresh air and I look forward to working with him to get things done,” DiCeglie said.

DiCeglie is running against St. Petersburg attorney Berny Jacques in the Republican Primary for the seat. Also running are Democrat Alex Heeren and Reform Party candidate Paul Bachmann.

Through the end of 2017, DiCeglie had raised $72,714 and had just shy of $60,000 on hand in his campaign account.

The total puts him behind Jacques, who has been in the race six months longer than DiCeglie. At the end of the year, Jacques had $71,500 in his campaign account and about $35,000 on hand for his political committee, Protect Pinellas.

Heeren has not filed a campaign finance report since entering the race on Jan. 9, while Bachmann has raised just $345 since opening his campaign account in August.

HD 66, a safe Republican district, covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

HD 66 candidates weigh in on sanctuary cities

One of the most competitive Republican primaries in Pinellas County is in House District 66, where Nick DiCeglie and Berny Jacques square off later this year.

DiCeglie issued a fundraising email Wednesday, beginning his pitch by mentioning the white-hot topic of so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida.

“Lately, certain Florida officials have been calling to create lawless “Sanctuary Cities” in Florida for illegal immigrants. Are you kidding me?” DiCeglie asks.

“When it comes to immigration, illegal means illegal. I’m running for the Florida House to make sure harmful and thoughtless policies like “sanctuary cities” never see the light of day, and our communities remain safe for our children and families.”

The language echoes that of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who in what Democrats have (and some editorial boards) have labeled an incendiary television ad produced by his political action committee earlier this week, included him saying, “Incredibly, some Tallahassee politicians want to make Florida a sanctuary state. On my watch, Florida will never be a sanctuary state.”

The ad references Kate Steinle, killed in 2015 after being struck by a ricocheted bullet fired by a Mexican man living in San Francisco after several deportations. Her death became an immediate call by conservatives nationwide to rally against liberal immigration policies such as those practiced in San Francisco.

(The undocumented immigrant, José Inés García Zárate, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, but was exonerated in Steinle’s killing.)

Corcoran has called out Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman as being such politicians. Gillum said the ad was a form of “race-baiting,” and now he and Corcoran have agreed to debate on the topic soon.
Jacques says he stands with DiCeglie in condemning sanctuary cities.

“I know first hand the dangers that threaten a country when the rule of law is not followed,” said Jacques, a native of Haiti. “And I know this: we must fight to defend the rule of law for our state and for our country and end sanctuary cities now.

“Our president, Donald Trump, has spelled out the very real consequences to our families and our neighborhoods when we leave the door open for bureaucrats to disregard our immigration laws. I wholeheartedly support the mission of our law enforcement in reinforcing our laws. We must end sanctuary cities now.”

The Democrat in the race, educator Alex Hareen, said: “I want to keep the people of Pinellas County safe, but at the same time we need to make sure that we’re not doing anything that’s going to lead to discriminatory practices. That’s one of my main concerns about trying to conscript local police forces to do a job that there are people getting paid to do already.”

House District 66 includes most of Seminole, half of Largo, portions of Clearwater, and the beach communities north of Park Boulevard to Clearwater.

Nick DiCeglie sets high-powered Tally fundraiser for HD 66 bid

Pinellas County GOP chair Nick DiCeglie joins several heavyweight lobbyists in Tallahassee next month to fundraise in support of his bid for term-limited Larry Ahern’s House District 66 seat.

The event begins 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Governors Club Board Room, 202 S. Adams St. in Tallahassee.

Among those big conservative names on the host committee include former House Speaker Will Weatherford, lobbyist Nick Iarossi of Capitol City Consulting, RSA Consulting Group CEO Ron Pierce, Holland & Knight attorney Mark Delegal, Suskey Consulting head Alan Suskey, Evan Power of the Ramba Consulting Group, GrayRobinson’s Chris Spencer, The Rubin Group and Cameron Yarborough of Gunster, with others.

A 20-year resident of Florida, DiCeglie runs Clearwater-based trash removal and recycling company Solar Sanitation. He faces Berny Jacques in the GOP primary for the western Pinellas County seat, which covers Clearwater, Indian Shores and Largo.

A Democrat, Pinellas educator Alex Heeren, and Reform Party candidate Paul Anthony Bachmann are also in the HD 66 race.

For more information, visit NickDiCeglie.com. To RSVP, contact Rick Porter at (407) 849-1112 or rick@politicalcapitalflorida.com.

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