Consultant parts ways with state House candidate Lake Ray
Ralston is off the Ray campaign.

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Ray is attempting to return to the Florida House, where he served four terms.

State House candidate Lake Ray has parted ways with the general consultant who had been guiding his campaign.

Ray, running for the Republican nomination for the open seat in House District 16 in eastern Duval County, will complete the 2022 cycle without Bert Ralston, a veteran operative who previously worked with the former lawmaker.

“We had different visions as to the path the campaign should take,” Ralston explained. “I decided that it was in his best interest for us to part ways.”

Continued Ralston, “I believe he is the best choice and will help him in any way that I can.”

Florida Politics reached out to Ray for his version of the split. He described it likewise as a difference in strategy, with the parting of the ways being “not confrontational.”

Brock Mikosky will be the primary consultant for the campaign in the future.

Ray, a political veteran representing the western part of the district from 2008 to 2016, had well over $200,000 on hand as of the most recent numbers between his campaign account and the A Stronger Florida for Us political committee.

Jacksonville Beach City Councilman Chet Stokes has over $200,000 cash between his campaign account and his Strengthening Florida’s Future political committee. Stokes has been airing television ads for a month.

Ray thus far has not been on television, and he says it “remains to be seen” if there will be an ad buy. As with previous campaigns he’s run over the years, he will emphasize grassroots outreach.

A third candidate, Kiyan Michael, has nearly $20,000 on hand.

There are no Democrats are running in this heavily Republican district, but only Republicans can vote in the August Primary, as two write-in candidates qualified, closing what would have been an open Primary.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • I support Conservative Lake Ray

    July 21, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Do not believe the TV ads saying Lake Ray is a liberal. I know him, he is a strong conservative. Chet Stokes should be ashamed of himself.

  • J w davis

    July 21, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    This shalt not speak evil of fellow Republicans. Chet knows this and would never say anything derogatory against Lake. In fact I’ve ever know him to be sober enough to say bad things against anyone. It must be Chet’s advisor that said it.

    • Follow daddy’s money

      July 22, 2022 at 12:02 am

      Sober and Chet? Please, you really don’t know Chet at all. The $200K he’s got was a check that daddy wrote. Kid’s never been sober or worked a day in his life.

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