Laurel Lee for Congress

Plant City Leaders Endorse Laurel Lee for Congress

Tampa, Fla. – Republican candidate for Congressional District 15 Laurel Lee today announced the endorsements of Plant City leaders that have thrown their support behind her campaign for Congress. The newly drawn Congressional District 15 encompasses eastern Hillsborough County, along with parts of Pasco and Polk Counties.

“I am honored to have the support of these respected Plant City leaders,” said Lee. “Plant City is very special to me. I served as a Circuit Court Judge in Plant City, and I have close ties to the people and the issues that are unique to the area. I know the community – its history, its values and vision – well, and I have great respect for the families and businesses who call Plant City home.”

The Plant City leaders that have endorsed Lee’s campaign include:

  • Mayor Nathan Kilton
  • Former Mayor Rick Lott
  • Vice Mayor Michael Sparkman
  • City Commissioner Bill Dodson
  • City Commissioner Jason Jones 

“These esteemed leaders of Plant City understand just how crucial it is to have the right person fighting for the needs and interests of the community and the people who reside there,” said Lee. “This is exactly what I can be for this area – and all of Congressional District 15 – in Congress, and I am proud that they have endorsed me as the right candidate for the job.”

In addition to the above endorsements, Lee has been endorsed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Green Beret Jay Collins.

Laurel was appointed by Governor DeSantis as Florida’s 36th Secretary of State in January 2019 and served in this position until May 2022. During her tenure as Secretary of State, she worked to strengthen Florida’s elections infrastructure and cybersecurity defenses, increased voter registration and participation, and ensured accurate and secure elections in Florida. Following Florida’s successful 2020 election, Laurel was recognized as a national leader on election policy and security. She was a member of the Election Integrity Commission for the Republican State Leadership Committee. She also served on the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council, the executive committee and as policy chair for the Republican Secretaries of State Committee, and on the executive board and co-chair of the Elections Committee for the National Association of Secretaries of State, where she spotlighted the success of Florida on the national stage. Prior to serving in the DeSantis administration, Laurel served as a Circuit Court Judge in Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, appointed by then-Governor Rick Scott. Before becoming a judge, Laurel served as a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida. Raised by a two-star general in the United States Air Force and a public school teacher, Laurel has family ties in eastern Hillsborough County that go back more than 70 years.

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