Jay Collins Wins Against Incumbent Janet Cruz in State Senate Race

November 8, 2022 Updated 10:04 PM ET

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (FLV) – Republican Jay Collins won the Senate District 14 race against Democrat Incumbent Janet Cruz.

Senate District 14 encompasses parts of Hillsborough County.

Jarrid “Jay” Collins, a retired U.S. Army Green Beret and Purple Heart Amputee. As a Green Beret, Collins deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and twice to South America.

Following 23 years of service, Collins took a position with a nonprofit, overseeing the distribution of millions of meals to veterans, first responders, and those in need.

Collin’s website says through his non-profit work across the country, it became clear to him that most Americans share the same concerns: they want their families to succeed, their children to have better lives than them, and to improve their communities. 

According to his website, Collins lives in Tampa with his wife of 21 years Layla, and has two young sons, Gabe and Colt.

DeSantis endorsed Collins saying, “I’m proud to support Jay Collins for Senate District 14,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Cruz currently represents District 18 in the Florida Senate, which consists of parts of Hillsborough county. The district had been redrawn in the last regular legislative session.

Cruz served in the House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018. She currently lives in Tampa with her husband, Steve, and has four children.

According to Ballotpedia, Cruz is a member of the NAACP, the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni, and the Hillsborough Community College Alumni Foundation. She was also a National Financial Account Manager for Aetna Healthcare and a Regional Director and Director for CIGNA Healthcare

Florida’s Voice previously exposed Cruz’ ad which was released with false information:

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