Polk County Candidates Unopposed in Primary

Dr Ed Shoemaker – Elected Republican Party of Florida State Committeeman for Polk County

Dr Ed Shoemaker – Elected Republican Party of Florida State Committeeman for Polk County

Meet Ed Shoemaker:

Hello my name is Dr Ed Shoemaker. It has been an honor to serve as the Republican Party of Florida State Committeeman for Polk County for the past 4 years elected during the 2016 Primary Election on the Republican ballot! It has been a privilege to attend the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Quarterly and Annual meetings and serve as Alternate Chair for the Congressional District 15 Caucus for the past 4 years. In addition, I have served on the 2nd Amendment Committee, Faith Based Engagement Committee, Legislative Affairs Committee as well as the Small Business Engagement Committee for the RPOF. I am especially proud of taking the lead in developing the Faith Based Republican Club of West Polk, the first of its kind in the state of Florida; as well as the “Rally for God & Country” held in Lakeland in January 2020; “Defending Gun Rights Meet and Greet” in February and Drive Through Polk County Freedom Rally in May! I am asking for your support to re-elect Ed Shoemaker as your Republican Party of Florida State Committeeman on the 2020 Republican Primary Ballot this coming August. Vote for a True Republican Christian Conservative, President Donald Trump Supporter, Small Business Owner and Team Player! Someone who will fight for the US Constitution.

Ed was also elected as a Delegate for Congressional District 15 for the 2020 GOP NATIONAL CONVENTION.

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


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