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One day after Sen. George Gainer announced he would not seek re-election, top Florida Republicans have coalesced around a potential successor: Rep. Jay Trumbull.
The Panama City Republican entered the race for Senate District 2 shortly after Gainer’s announcement and within hours he had notched an endorsement from Gov. Ron DeSantis.
In a Tuesday tweet, DeSantis said Trumbull “has been a strong ally for my agenda in the Legislature and a great champion for the people of NW Florida. (Gainer) leaves big shoes to fill, but I believe Jay will be a great Senator and I am happy to support him for Senate District 2.”
Following the Governor in endorsing Trumbull were Senate President Wilton Simpson and Senate President-designate Kathleen Passidomo and Sen. Ben Albritton, a Wauchula Republican who is in line to become Senate President after Passidomo’s term.
All three lauded Gainer, who has held public office for nearly 25 years, as a Bay County Commissioner for 18 years and as a Senator since 2016.
“As George’s legacy of service and integrity takes root, North Floridians can rest assured that Jay Trumbull is ready to fight for them in the Florida Senate,” said Simpson, who is running for Agriculture Commissioner.
Passidomo added, “The shadow cast by George Gainer and his deep roots in Florida’s Panhandle are measured in the lives of those he’s touched beyond his public service and well into his larger-than-life role in the community. George has fought for families and small-business owners and laid the groundwork for the next generation of great public servants like Jay Trumbull. I’m confident that Jay will carry on the rich North Florida tradition of fighting for more freedom and less government.”
Albritton said, “I am proud of my friend George Gainer and honored to be in the Senate with such a kind and committed public servant. He is one of the kindest, most generous and thoughtful men I have ever met. George leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, and I know Jay Trumbull will work each and every day to ensure the people of North Florida’s voices are heard in Tallahassee. It’s an honor to endorse Northwest Florida’s next superstar!”
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