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News from the 3rd Congressional District race

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Ed Braddy

Ed Braddy announced this morning that he will not run for Congress: “Ensuring Republicans maintain control of Florida’s Third Congressional District is critical to our District, State, and to the Nation. Having looked at the field of candidates in the race, I believe there are several candidates that can win and who will continue to provide conservative and principled leadership for us in Congress. For that reason, I will not run for Congress and will focus my energy as Chairman of the Alachua Republican Party to ensure the success of Republican candidates up and down the ballot.”

Judson Sapp

Putnam County Superintendent of Schools, Rick Surrency, recently announced his support for Judson Sapp for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. 

Rick Surrency

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“Judson Sapp is the common sense, conservative leader we need in Congress. He has deep roots in Putnam County and understands our needs. Judson Sapp will work with our local leaders to keep moving Putnam County in the right direction,” said Superintendent Surrency. 

“I appreciate having Superintendent Rick Surrency’s support,” said Sapp. “He has served Putnam County as a leader in education for decades. Rick has drastically improved the Putnam School District’s performance in his three years as Superintendent and I look forward to working with him to keep the momentum.” 

Dr. Rick Surrency worked in education for 38 years prior to being elected Putnam County Superintendent of Schools in 2016. He has worked as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. 

Judson Sapp was raised in Clay County, Florida. Sapp is the CEO of W.J. Sapp Railroad Contractor, which operates throughout the Southeastern United States. Judson lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida with his wife Kelly and two sons, Willard and Ryder. 

Judson Sapp has been endorsed by Congressman John Rutherford, Congressman Vern Buchanan, Congressman Cliff Stearns, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Turning Point USA Founder Charlie Kirk, school safety and Second Amendment advocate Andrew Pollack, former Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, State Representative Charlie Stone, Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach, and Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith. 

Kat Cammack

Kat Cammack has announced several endorsements on her Facebook page:

Brittany Lee, Florida Blueberry Growers Association: “I am excited to support Kat for Congress. In her role as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Yoho, she helped to build an impressive legacy while tirelessly advocating for Florida Agriculture. She has been on the front lines getting things done and will take that same work ethic to DC. Kat has helped to lay a solid foundation for the constituents of District 3 and when she is elected, we will continue to be well represented.” 

Gib Coerper, Mayor of the City of Alachua: “Kat is personally involved in all issues both here at home and in DC. With that experience, she will be able to pick up right where Ted left off. Kat knows the issues that we in the city of Alachua care about, and she will be a champion for our district. Her experience, know-how, and work ethic make her head and shoulders above the other candidates in this race. I am Team Kat all the way!”

Jordan Marlowe, Mayor of the City of Newberry: “I am proud to support a strong conservative woman who will be ready and able to support our Constitution on her first day of office. FL-03 is large and diverse, and we need a candidate who understands our needs and reflects our diversity. Kat is the only candidate who can hit the ground running and not lose any momentum on the issues that matter most to us!”