Melissa Howard holding HD 73 fundraiser June 13

Melissa Howard HD 73

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 [email protected] 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.

Howard Fundraiser 6.13.2018

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


One comment

  • Sharon Miller

    June 5, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Pls do not forget the babies being torn from their parents arms by a “policy” not a law (trump lying about it does not turn policy into law) only trump enforces. Sad day for America when UN accuses us of human rights violations. Ms. Howard, you claimed this was not happening when we spoke last week.
    Obviously, this issue is larger than Lakewood Ranch. Republicans being responsible for human rights violations supersedes local LWR issues and you cannot keep your head in the sand about this.
    I hope you have the moral courage to address this issue considering not only your guardian ad litem background but also as a Jewess who knows that Nazis also separated children from their parents.

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