Republican Melissa Howard has scheduled a June 13 fundraiser for her campaign to succeed state Rep. Joe Gruters in House District 73.
The reception will be held at Medallion Homes, 1651 Whitfield Ave., in Sarasota from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Supporters can RSVP by emailing HowardforHouse@gmail.com or calling 941-587-8166.
Making the host committee for Howard’s event are Constitution Revision Commission chair Carlos Beruff, former state Sen. Pat Neal, Manatee County Planning Commissioner Mike Rahn and Sarasota County Charter Review Board member Richard Dorfman.
Also attending is Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, who was briefly a candidate for HD 73 before withdrawing and backing Howard.
Howard faces fellow Republican Tommy Gregory in the Aug. 28 Republican Primary. Democrat Liv Coleman is also running for the seat, though Gruters’ replacement is likely to come out of the primary contest — GOP voters make up nearly half of the HD 73 electorate compared to a 25 percent share for Democrats.
Howard’s invite is below.