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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.

 

Background

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

Hobbies

  • Flying
  • Travel

Education

  • 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.

Background

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

Hobbies

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

Education

  • 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.

Background

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

Hobbies

  • Spending time with family
  • Traveling
  • Reading

Education

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

Grady Judd – Elected Polk County Sheriff

Meet Grady Judd:

Grady Judd began his career at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a dispatcher. After transferring to the Patrol Division in 1974, he quickly progressed through the ranks – holding every rank from Sergeant to Colonel. In 2004, Polk County overwhelmingly elected Grady to serve as Sheriff by a 64% majority vote against two opponents. In November 2008, he was re-elected, with 99% of the vote.

Sheriff Judd has earned higher education degrees through the Masters level – having obtained both a Masters and Bachelor degree from Rollins College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the FBI National Executive Institute.

Sheriff Judd has taught as an adjunct professor at both the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College. He is a past recipient of Polk Community College’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2008 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award. He continues to serve the community on several boards and committees, including the Drug Prevention Resource Center and VISTE. In 2005, Governor Bush appointed him to the State of Florida Medical Examiners Commission, where he served for four years. In 2008, Governor Crist appointed Sheriff Judd to serve on the Florida Parole Commission’s Parole Qualifications Committee. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Florida Sheriffs Association Board of Directors and as the Florida Sheriffs Emergency Task Force Chairman.

Grady is married to Marisa, his wife of 39 years. He has two grown sons and eight grandchildren.

Grady Judd official website: http://sheriffgradyjudd.org/

Brian Haas – State Attorney

MEET BRIAN HAAS

Brian Haas serves as the State Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. He is responsible for the prosecution of crimes in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. Brian leads an office of prosecutors, investigators, and staff who are dedicated to protecting the citizens of the Tenth Circuit.

Brian grew up in Polk County and is a graduate of Bartow High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine and his law degree from the University of Florida.

Prior to being elected State Attorney in 2016, Brian was an Assistant State Attorney. He prosecuted crimes ranging from Misdemeanors to Capital Felonies and was assigned to the Special Prosecution Division, where he prosecuted those who committed sexual crimes against children. Brian has represented the State of Florida in many jury trials, including the prosecution of violent crimes.

As a husband and a father, Brian Haas is committed to working hard every day to protect the citizens of the Tenth Circuit. As State Attorney, Brian put an emphasis on prosecuting cases involving violence, drug trafficking, abuse of children and elderly exploitation. The Tenth Circuit has a very low crime rate; thanks to the hard work of so many people. The State Attorney’s Office’s partnership with law enforcement is the key to our success in fighting crime and protecting our citizens.

Brian Haas official campaign web site: https://stateattorneybrianhaas.com/#top

Scott Franklin

Meet Scott Franklin. He’s a businessman who served our country in the U.S. Navy.

Scott is a lifelong Republican who knows that freedom isn’t free. He has experienced first-hand the commitment and sacrifice of the men and women who wear the American uniform to defend our nation.
Scott was a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Navy. During his 26-year career – 14 years on active duty and 12 years in the reserves – Scott flew jets from the decks of 13 aircraft carriers. He was deployed to the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf and the North Atlantic. He participated in combat operations in the Gulf, Bosnia and Kosovo. After 9/11, Scott was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Central Command.
Having owned and operated a small business in Lakeland for the past 20 years, Scott knows the meaning of private enterprise. He knows what it takes to meet payroll, and he knows how government bureaucracy can stand in the way of innovation, economic growth and American prosperity.
Scott Franklin official campaign website: https://www.votescottfranklin.com/
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Ross Spano

Meet Ross Spano

Ross was born and raised in Hillsborough County, is humbled and honored to represent Florida’s 15th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Ross was born in Tampa, Florida to Frank and Patricia Spano. His father was a homebuilder and while he never made a fortune building homes, he was able to provide for his family and instill strong Christian and conservative values in his children. Growing up he would remind Ross that “if you honor God, treat people right, and persevere without exception, you can accomplish anything. That’s the American Dream.”

Ross carried those ideas with him as he graduated from Brandon High School and started working. As a young man, Ross and a friend were sitting in church, and Ross pointed to a young lady singing in the choir neither of them had met. “See that girl with the blonde hair? I’m going to marry her.” Sure enough, Ross and the young lady started dating, and he married his beloved wife, Amie, less than a year later. Together they have raised four beautiful children: Kali, Vincent, Caleb and Isaiah. And they recently welcomed their first two grandchildren, Silas and Lilah.

Ross worked full-time to support his young family and put himself through college attending classes at night, graduating from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in History when he was 28 years old. He then enrolled in the Florida State University College of Law and graduated with a J.D. with Honors, where he was a member of the FSU Moot Court Team and the FSU Journal of Transnational Law and Policy.

Ross has spent most of his career as a shareholder of his own law practice representing individuals and small businesses in Hillsborough County. In 2012, he felt called into politics and successfully ran to represent Florida’s 59th district in the Florida House of Representatives. He served in the Florida legislature for three terms, during which he stood as a strong advocate for human trafficking victims and against human traffickers. Ross authored and passed more anti-human trafficking bills than any other member of the Florida House in history. He also strongly believes in the right to life, supporting our veterans, the 2nd Amendment, supporting small business, and limited government.

In 2019, Ross was sworn-in to the U.S. House of Representatives where he continues to fight for conservative values and to preserve the American Dream for the next generation.

Representative Spano was appointed to serve on the following Committees for the 116th Congress:

Ross Spano official campaign website: https://spano.house.gov/