The winner of the HD 59 seat will replace state Rep. Nick DiCeglie who vacated his seat to run for Senate.
Largo Mayor Woody Brown is backing Republican nominee Berny Jacques as he runs for the House District 59 seat.
Brown was elected Mayor in 2014, and has subsequently been re-elected. The newly drawn HD 59 is located in Pinellas County and includes Largo, Seminole, parts of Pinellas Park and some unincorporated areas of the county.
The three candidates were running to replace state Rep. Nick DiCeglie as he vacates his seat to run for Senate.
Former prosecutor Berny Jacques will become the Republican nominee for state House District 59 after besting opponents lawyer Jennifer Wilson and Navy physician Dipak Dinanath Nadkarni Tuesday.
Jacques won the nomination with 51% of the vote, followed by Wilson, who collected 35%. Nadkarni came in third with 14% of the vote.
LARGO (FLV) – The Pinellas County Republican Party Straw Poll showed Berny Jacques overwhelmingly leading in the Republican primary for state representative in the House District 59 race.
Jacques received 64% of the vote, Dipak Nadkarni with 15% and Jennifer Wilson garnering 12% of the vote.
“To win the support of the grassroots republicans who make up the Pinellas GOP is a honor and shows the momentum our campaign has going into election day,” Jacques said.
The Florida Fraternal Order of Police is endorsing former prosecutor Berny Jacques for House District 59.
The state order represents more than 24,000 law enforcement officers. The local FOP District 3 also offered support for Jacques.
“As we approach the 2022 elections we are aware that strong leaders are needed to lead Florida to a prosperous and safe future. We need leaders that are dedicated to serving their constituents and have the backs of the law enforcement officers protecting the citizens in their community,” the Florida FOP said in a statement.