Former state Rep. Michael Grant is looking to get back to Tallahassee once again as he hopes to return to the Legislature in 2016. Last week, Grant filed his paperwork to replace term-limited Rep. Ken Roberson, R-Port Charlotte, and announced his latest campaign on Monday.
I am excited to announce my candidacy for Charlotte Countys seat in the Florida House of Representatives said Grant. My wife and I have raised our children in Charlotte County, started our businesses in Charlotte County, and watched our community grow over the past 26 years. I love Charlotte County and want to help it continue to succeed by representing and fighting for its needs in Tallahassee.
Grant played up his conservative credentials on Monday.
Florida is moving in the right direction, Grant said. We are a national leader in job creation and education because we apply conservative principals to the task of governing. We balance our budget and hold people accountable. In order to continue to thrive, we must send conservative, common-sense leaders to the state Legislature. I believe I am the right person to do that job.
Previous to his service in Tallahassee, Grant chaired both the Charlotte County Airport Authority Commission and Enterprise Charlotte. First elected to the Florida House in 2004, Grant served two terms before setting his eyes on the Senate in 2008. Despite the support of then-Gov. Charlie Crist, then a Republican, Grant came up short against Nancy Detert in the primary, losing 52 percent to 48 percent.
Grant tried to bounce back in 2012 for an open House seat in Lee County but he took only 27 percent in the Republican primary while Ray Rodrigues claimed 50 percent in the three-candidate primary and won the seat that year.
Now heading back to his original base in Charlotte County, Grant is the first candidate to file to replace Roberson. The district is securely Republican with 49 percent of voters there registered in the GOP while only 24 percent are Democrats. In 2012, President Barack Obama did poorly here, taking only 35 percent while former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., garnered 65 percent of the vote.
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