Tag: John Rood

Staff ReportsDecember 22, 2017

Vestcor Chairman John Rood was reappointed to the Florida Prepaid College Board on Thursday. Rood, who served as Ambassador to the Bahamas during the George W. Bush Administration, chairs the politically connected Jacksonville development company Vestcor. Rood and Vestcor are frequent donors to Republican causes and candidates in Northeast Florida and beyond. Rood has been on the […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 8, 2017

In a month thus far full of Ws or low-dollar takes for Northeast Florida legislators, Rep. Clay Yarborough‘s $6,100 of May money stands out. That $6,100: the best month of 2017 for Yarborough, who now has over $14,000 on hand to defend a safe Republican seat on Jacksonville’s Southside. Of that money, $2,000 came via four […]

Peter SchorschMay 26, 2017

After Florida Politics’ most recent report about the mostly behind-the-scenes scrum within the Florida House GOP freshman class to determine which of its members will one day be Speaker, the conclusion was that for either Jamie Grant or Frank White to win, one of them would have to drop out of the race quickly. Not much sooner after this was […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 28, 2016

Ending a period of two months without contributions, the political committee of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry broke that dormancy during the most recent reporting period. “Build Something That Lasts” collected $8,500 from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21; all contributions were made on Oct. 20. Among the contributors: US Assure — an insurance company helmed by Ty Petway, one of the […]

Staff ReportsSeptember 12, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott made two appointments and one reappointment last week to the board of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development organization. Sonya Deen Hartley, 45, of Fort Lauderdale, was appointed for a three-year term running from now until September 2019. She takes the place of Christopher Kise. Hartley, a vice president with JM Family […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 20, 2016

Looks like gambling executive Jamie Shelton will be the city of Jacksonville’s “best bet” to replace John Rood on the JAXPORT board. The office of Mayor Lenny Curry will be advancing his name to replace Rood, multiple sources in the mayor’s office confirmed. “Jamie will bring a great deal of experience to the JAXPORT Board,” said Curry. “His […]

Phil AmmannJuly 8, 2016

After less than two weeks, Marco Rubio’s re-election campaign is showing major momentum. Politico is reporting Rubio has flexed his fundraising muscle with more than $2.1 million raised since re-entering the race, according to an email Friday morning to supporters. “Thanks to a tremendous effort led by Ambassador John Rood and several others,” wrote Rubio finance […]

A.G. GancarskiNovember 6, 2015

Despite running unopposed, Jacksonville Republican Representative Jay Fant understands the importance of fundraising; October, with $19,700 brought in, was his best month in the current cycle. Maxing out: the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters; Florida Blue; John Rood’s Vestcor; Florida Medical Association PAC; Florida CPA PAC; Florida East Coast Industries; the Peyton family’s Gate Petroleum; and […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 23, 2015

Don’t expect to see Marty Fiorentino, Peter Rummell, John Rood, Ed Burr, Steve Diebenow or Ty Petway at Jacksonville’s City Council meeting on Tuesday. Those names, and those of a couple of dozen other #jaxpol heavy hitters, are on the committee for a Jeb Bush fundraiser at Grape and Grain in San Marco Tuesday evening at 5:30. We reported first on […]


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