By Lydia Nusbaum
June 15, 2022 Updated 1:17 P.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday endorsed Lee County Republican Chair Jonathan Martin to be the next State Senator representing District 33 in Southwest Florida. Florida’s Voice has confirmed that Martin is running
“Jonathan Martin is a conservative fighter for Southwest Florida. I am pleased to support him for Senate District 33. He will be a strong ally for our agenda,” DeSantis said.
The Governor indicated that Republican State Senator Ray Rodrigues would not be seeking reelection. Rodrigues was elected to the Senate in 2020 and served in the House of Representatives from 2012-2020.
“I want to thank Senator Rodrigues for his service to Florida,” DeSantis said. “I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Florida GOP Chairman of Chairs Evan Power called Martin a “great conservative leader” in Florida.
“I’ve had the pleasure to serve with Chairman Martin on the Republican State Executive Committee, he will be a great Conservative leader or Florida!” Power said.
Senate Leaders Wilton Simpson, Kathleen Passidomo, and Ben Albritton released a joint statement endorsing Martin.
“Jonathan Martin has been on the front lines in the fight for our shared conservative values for 20 years, from growing our party to standing up for our freedom. We are proud to join Senator Rodrigues in supporting Jonathan, as he continues the tradition of great conservative SWFL voices in the Florida Senate,” the statement said.
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