Josie Tomkow – Florida House District 39  Honored as Children’s Home Society Legislator of the Year

Josie Tomkow – Florida House District 39 

Honored as Children’s Home Society Legislator of the Year

Children’s Home Society named Rep. Josie Tomkow the 2020 Legislator of the Year for her commitment to strengthen the child welfare system and improve lifetime outcomes for children. CHS local leaders, board members and friends surprised Representative Josie Tomkow with a drive-thru celebration on May 18 celebrating her 2020 Legislator of the year award!

RNC Intervenes in Democrat Lawsuit to Protect Election Integrity in Florida

Press Release from the Republican National Committee sent on 5/21/20:


RNC Intervenes in Democrat Lawsuit to Protect Election Integrity in Florida

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Republican Party of Florida intervened in a radical lawsuit that Democrats brought in Florida as part of their nationwide assault on the integrity of our elections.

“Democrats never let a crisis go to waste, and they are using a pandemic to completely destroy the integrity of our elections. Their latest attempt to circumvent election law in Florida would allow paid operatives to go door-to-door to collect and deliver thousands of ballots, as well as allow votes to be counted after Election Day. This unnecessarily exposes Florida to potential fraud. Republicans will not sit on the sidelines while Democrats try to sue their way to victory in 2020 because they know they cannot beat President Trump in November.” – RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
“Democrats continue to try and use every trick in the book to unfairly tilt the election in their favor. The NRCC is proud to partner with the RNC and the Florida GOP to stop Democrats’ unconstitutional efforts to rob Floridians of their voting rights.” – NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer

“Once again national Democrats are coming into Florida trying to change our election laws by judicial fiat right before the 2020 election in an attempt to steal as many votes as possible in President Trump’s home state.  We will do whatever we can to defeat this partisan lawsuit and ensure that every eligible voter in Florida has the opportunity to vote safely and securely.” – RPOF Chairman Joe Gruters

Democrats’ Election Power Grab in Florida:
This case is a prime example of Democrats and their liberal allies seeking to exploit coronavirus as an excuse to attack popular election integrity measures by asking judges to legislate from the bench. Democrats sued Florida and all 67 of its county supervisors of elections, demanding they willfully ignore and violate Florida election law by:
  • Prohibiting enforcement of the state’s ban on ballot harvesting. Despite their fear mongering over the dangers of voting in person in Wisconsin, Democrats are happy to facilitate the spread of coronavirus and jeopardize the integrity of the ballot through door-to-door ballot harvesting if it will help them politically.
  • Allow ballots to be counted after Election Day. By forcing the state to count ballots that arrive after Election Day, county election offices will be needed to verify ballots for weeks after the election, potentially delaying the outcome of the election and opening the door for fraud and unnecessary litigation. A recent Democrat-leaning survey showed that 83% of voters support a ballot receipt deadline of Election Day, and the RNC recently won a big victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied Democrats’ attempts at allowing ballots to be cast and counted after Election Day.
The RNC’s intervention in Neilsen v. DeSantis comes on the heels of another recent legal victory in Florida, in which the party defended Florida’s longstanding ballot order law against a challenge by Democrats. As a result, President Trump will appear at the top of Florida’s ballot.
The RNC continues to fight back against the Democrats’ assault on the integrity of our elections by intervening in left-wing backed lawsuits across the country. On Wednesday, Chairwoman McDaniel demanded Nevada’s Attorney General investigate election chaos brought on by a similar Democrat lawsuit. Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed us a big victory, throwing out a left-wing lawsuit to allow ballots to be counted after Election Day. Similar radical lawsuits are being fought in states like Michigan, New Mexico, and Arizona. The RNC recently doubled its legal budget to $20 million to fight these efforts, and you can learn more about them at www.ProtectTheVote.com.

RPOF Newsletter May 18, 2020


Message from Joe Gurters – Chairman of the RPOF

May 18, 2020

I could not be prouder of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who, last week continued traveling to all corners of the state – including Northwest Florida, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Palm Beach, and Miami. In case you missed any of these announcements, you can watch them on the Governor’s TwitterFacebook and YouTube pages. Over the past weeks he has met with dozens of local and community leaders as he continues to remain laser-focused on reopening Florida by using his Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step approach for Florida’s recovery. But first, some good news — his actions to protect and jump start Florida’s economy have earned him an “A” in a report from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity and FreedomWorks titled, “Grading Our Governors: A Report Card on Reopening States’ Economies.” In RPOF news, I continue to participate in Zoom meetings and conference calls with you — our supporters and it has given me great pleasure to highlight our Governor’s accomplishments and our efforts to keep Florida red as we head into the November Election.  I recently participated in an interview on the One America News Network which you can watch here. I cannot emphasize enough how fortunate we are to have such a strong leader like Governor Ron DeSantis and we thank him for his steadfast commitment to keeping Floridians safe and our economy strong. 

Last week Governor DeSantis announced that Florida would be moving to a roll out of a Full Phase 1 by today, Monday, May 18.  He outlined his objectives — and bulleted how Florida will be able to get there. To learn more about the full Phase 1 roll out please click here. His announcement also includes the long awaited reopening of gyms today. The Governor has continued to encourage Floridians to take advantage of opportunities to go outside for fresh air and exercise stating it is good for mental health and overall well-being.

Week in Review

Friday, May 15 Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference at Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville.  He was joined by Mayor Lenny Curry and health experts who wanted to strongly remind Floridians to seek medical help if they are not feeling well.  

Thursday, May 14 Governor DeSantis kicked off the day by joining the Fox and Friends crew to share some good news with all sports fans. He stated that Florida will be welcoming the return of professional sports. You can watch the announcement here

Governor Ron DeSantis also traveled to Miami and joined with several South Florida Mayors and discussed his Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery. He shared the news that Miami-Dade and Broward would be joining the rest of the counties that are currently implementing Phase1 of the reopening.

Wednesday, May 13 the Governor held a meeting at the Florida State Capitol to discuss measures that the state has taken to protect Florida’s most vulnerable residents — the elderly, and how together the state has been able to limit the spread of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities. The Governor also referenced several slides that can be viewed here

Sunday, May 10 Gov. DeSantis travelled to West Palm Beach where he announced that they would be able to enter Phase 1 on Monday, May 11th. The Governor was joined by Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner. 

Saturday, May 9 Governor DeSantis directed DEO to waive the work search and work registration requirements for claimants through May 30, 2020. In accordance with federal law, claimants will be required to return to the CONNECT system every two weeks to request their benefits. 

Friday, May 8 Governor DeSantis was joined by Orlando barber shop owner J Henry who helped the Governor announce the much anticipated re-opening of barber shops, hair salons and nail salons with enhanced safety protocols for all counties currently in Phase 1, including Palm Beach County, effective Monday, May 11th. The announcement was made by the Governor on twitter with the help of barber shop owner J. Henry.

Bill Braswell – Polk County Commissioner District 3 and Chairman

Meet Bill Braswwell:

Polk County Commissioner Bill Braswell retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service and wants to make veterans’ issues a priority. As a blueberry farmer, Commissioner Braswell understands the significance of urbanization of agricultural lands as Polk continues to grow and the need for a balanced approach to planning and development. He was elected to serve as Board Chairman for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Water issues will also be a priority issue for Commissioner Braswell.

Prior to his election to the Board of County Commissioners, Bill Braswell served on the Polk County Planning Commission for three years.



  • Born in Bartow
  • Resides in Auburndale
  • Wife, Cathy, one son and one granddaughter


  • Flying
  • Travel


  • Bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Florida

John E Hall – Candidate for Polk County Commissioner District 5

Meet John E Hall: 

John Hall is the current Polk County Commissioner representing District 5.  Fiscal responsibility, efficiency, community service and transparency in government continue to be Commissioner John Hall’s top priorities while in office. Elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, Hall also is committed to furthering economic development, improving the overall business climate and increasing public involvement.

Commissioner Hall is a certified public manager who worked for Polk County government for 34 years. He served 24 of those years in a management positions within the facilities management, code enforcement and building divisions.

Hall is a cattle rancher and the president and owner of Polk Community Association Management. He was elected chairman in 2015.


  • Born in Red Level, AL
  • Resides in Auburndale
  • Wife, Gwen, three children and four grandchildren


  • Family
  • Reading
  • Golfing
  • Coaching
  • Vintage cars
  • Hunting


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Leo University
  • Associate’s degree in engineering technologies from Polk State College

George Lindsey – Polk County Commissioner District 1

Meet George Lindsey

Commissioner George Lindsey is a leader on our Polk County Commission.  Elected in 2012 after serving on the Polk County Charter Review Commission and as its Chairman in 2009, he was re-elected in 2016.  During his tenure he served as Chairman of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative and has twice served as Chairman of the County Commission, in 2014-2015 and again in 2018-2019.

With a primary focus on business and job creation, Commissioner Lindsey has been a tireless fighter attracting new employers and removing barriers to the expansion of existing businesses and creation of jobs.

Leading by example, he has worked diligently to ensure that Polk County works together with other cities on matters like planning, water supply and transportation.  This cooperation results in better facilities and services for the residents of Polk County, while reducing waste and protecting taxpayer dollars.

A small business owner, George runs a real estate company, Lindsey Realty and Development Corp. As an active member of the Polk County business community, he is perfectly positioned to understand the unique issues that affect small businesses and to advocate on their behalf.

George has been a resident of Lakeland for 40 years. Please make sure to wave when you see George out in the community on is Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.

George Lindsey official campaign website:  https://georgelindsey.com/

Greg Steube – US House FL District 17

Meet Greg Steube

A fifth-generation Floridian, Greg Steube has dedicated his life to service. Greg earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, majoring in Beef Cattle Sciences and minoring in Agricultural Law. Upon completing law school, Greg decided to enlist in the U.S. Army after the September 11th attacks.

In the Army, Greg spent one year as a commissioned Airborne Infantry Officer, and three years in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, serving as a Captain with the 25th Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Greg’s service continued with his election to the State House in 2010, and the State Senate in 2016. In the Florida legislature, Greg used his background in agriculture, law, and the military to build a record of accomplishment and strong defense of conservative principles. 

Greg is bringing these conservative credentials to Congress, where he was elected in 2018 to represent Florida’s 17th District. The district is the largest citrus producing district in the country, covering all of Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties, as well parts of Sarasota, Lee, and Polk counties.

Greg lives in Sarasota with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Ethan.

Martha Santigo – Polk County Commissioner District 4

Meet Martha Santigo

Polk County Commissioner Martha Santiago, Ed. D. recently retired as provost for Polk State College’s Winter Haven campus, Center for Public for Safety, Lake Wales centers, and Northeast Polk satellite location. Prior to being named Provost in 2014, Santiago was the dean of academic affairs for Polk State’s Winter Haven campus and Lake Wales centers.

Santiago was elected to the County Commission in November 2018 and plans to focus on economic development, growth & Infrastructure and Community Safety.

Santiago is the owner of Leadership Consultants, LLC. serves on various community boards including the United Way of Central Florida, Good Shepherd Hospice, Heart of Florida Hospital, Polk Vision, Women’s Resource Center and the Haines City and Winter Haven Chambers of Commerce.


  • Born in New York
  • Resides in Winter Haven
  • Husband, Alex, two children and four grandchildren


  • Spending time with family
  • Traveling
  • Reading


  • Doctorate degree from the University of South Florida
  • Master’s degree from Florida International University
  • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico