Palm Harbor Republican Rep. Chris Sprowls said the people of Pinellas County’s best days are still in front of them in a video released by his campaign Tuesday.
“The United States. It is more than a place. This nation is an idea, an experiment, and an example for those whose destiny is freedom,” Sprowls says in the ad over a video montage that included a shot of North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho attending the 2018 State of the Union address.
“We don’t all look the same, we don’t all sound the same, we don’t all vote the same. But no matter how much we’re told that we’re coming apart, more and more each day, person to person, neighbor to neighbor, we’re coming together.”
Sprowls then thanked volunteers, teachers, police officers and “ordinary Floridians” for serving the northern Pinellas County community he represents in the Florida House.
“I say ‘thank you.’ Thank you for caring, thank you for serving, and thank you for showing us that the best days of our community, our state and our nation remain in front of us,” he said in the two-minute ad.
Sprowls is running for a third term in House District 65, which covers Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin and part of Clearwater in northern Pinellas County.
The 34-year-old attorney is in line to succeed Miami Republican Rep. Jose Oliva as House Speaker following the 2020 elections. So far, only Democrat Alex Toth has filed to challenge him in the 2018 cycle.
Toth faces long odds in the safe Republican district. In addition to comfortably winning his past elections, Sprowls has a commanding lead in the money race.
Through March, he’d raised nearly $120,000 for his campaign account and had about $89,000 banked, with another $869,000 banked for his political committee, Floridians for Economic Freedom. Toth has $85.
Sprowls’ video is below.