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2022 Midterm Election

Ocoee Professional Firefighters’ Endorses State Rep. Candidate Angel Perry for Her Strong Support for First Responders

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Florida House District 36 candidate Angel Perry. Photo: Angel Perry campaign.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Ocoee Professional Firefighters Local 3623 is the latest in a growing list of unions endorsing Angel Perry’s campaign for State Representative, District 50, according to a press release by her campaign Friday.

Perry has been a champion for workers’ rights, fair wages and voice for Central Florida first responders for twenty years.

The endorsement from union president Chris Atalski reads in part, “Representing and advocating for workers, tackling Corporate America, and fighting on behalf of the working class shows Angel Perry is a no-nonsense leader who will make great strides in improving the workplaces of District 50.”

“I am honored to have the support of my brothers and sisters in Union Local 3623 representing some of our bravest men and women,” Perry stated. “For two decades, I’ve made it a priority to support our first responders and ensure they can continue to put food on the table for their families. In me, they will have a friend in Tallahassee that already understands them and will work to provide them the resources they need to stay safe while performing their sworn duties serving our community, especially with the added hazards the COVID-19 pandemic presents.”

Perry is running against three other Republican candidates, Christopher Wright, Robyn Hattaway and Yukong Zhao.

Florida House District 50 seat is open for the 2022 election, because incumbent Republican State Representative Rene Plasencia is running for the Senate.

See below a copy of Ocoee Professional Firefighters Local 3632 endorsement letter.

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2022 Midterm Election

Peter Vivaldi Launches Campaign to Unseat Victor Torres in Senate District 25 Race

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Supporters join Republican State Senate candidate Peter Vivaldi (right) at Matador Restaurant in Downtown Kissimmee for his campaign kickoff to defeat Democratic State Senator Victor Torres. Photo: Peter Vivaldi campaign.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN) – On Wednesday evening, Republican state Senate candidate Peter Vivaldi announced his repeat attempt to unseat Democratic state Senator Victor Torres in the November general election. Vivaldi believes Torres’s lack of vision to lead, failure to pass legislation, failure to deliver state funding for the district and turning his back on the community makes Vivaldi a better choice.

Nearly 250 community citizens, leaders and other political candidates
congregated at the Matador in downtown Kissimmee to join Peter Vivaldi in his
kickoff for State Senate in the newly drawn District 25.

 

 

“I think this is a new time for our community,” Vivaldi said in a press statement. “For over a decade, the community has been asking and longing for new and positive change.” Throughout the campaign, Vivaldi will be out in the community talking to voters and listening to their concerns to make a difference for them in Tallahassee.

“When I go to Tallahassee, the bills I propose will be about benefiting and
enhancing the quality of life for our constituents and their families,” the press release stated. “Now is the time to have a representative that has the community’s priorities in mind, and who can build the argument to have those needs and priorities written into law.”

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2022 Midterm Election

Voters Question Unemployed Rita Harris’s $10,000 Campaign Loan

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Jennifer Rita Harris speaks during the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida's candidate forum. Image: WESH 2 News (screen capture).

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Jennifer “Rita” Harris nabbed the victory in Tuesday’s primary, defeating incumbent State Rep. Daisy Morales by eight percentage points (just over 1,000 votes).

Despite that, heated conversations have continued on social media even in the aftermath of the election, and some concerned voters pointed out Rita Harris’s $10,000 campaign loan in the final two weeks of the election. According to Harris’s campaign financial reports with the Florida Division of Elections, she (under the misspelled Jennifer Harris with the typo “Jennider”) loaned her campaign $10,000 on August 12, 2022, despite having what the Orlando Sentinel reported as a $78,000 IRS tax debt.

Some comments also rehashed the contribution by Harris’s adult daughter, who is listed as unemployed on the report and as a dependent in Harris’s tax forms (included in Harris’s financial disclosure), but donated $1,000 to Harris’s campaign.

As an aside, other campaign donations include her husband’s $1,000 donation as well as $1,000 from Valeo Cloud Consulting, a company for which her husband is a partner.

Jennifer Rita Harris (right), her husband John and daughter Anissa. Photo: Facebook (Jennifer "Rita" Harris for FL HD 44).

Jennifer Rita Harris (right), her husband John and daughter Anissa. Photo: Facebook (Jennifer “Rita” Harris for FL HD 44).

More concerningly, Harris has loaned her campaign money several times, but for whatever reason alternated between listing herself as Rita Harris and Jennifer Harris and bounced between using her campaign PO Box and her personal address for each. She didn’t assign the PO Box address for one name and the home for the other, she mixed the addresses between both names. Additionally, while most of the donations have her listed as “Not Employed” or “Candidate,” there’s one $50 loan on April 5, 2022, in she’s described as “Writer.” This is a contrast to her touting herself as a housewife and, as she explained to the Orlando Sentinel in a recent article, doesn’t receive a paycheck from her husband’s company, Harris Cloud Consulting, for which she named herself as CEO on her LinkedIn profile.

Source: Florida Division of Elections.

Source: Florida Division of Elections.

Source: Florida Division of Elections.

Source: Florida Division of Elections.

 

Campaign’s Quiet Corrections

Florida National News reached out to the Rita Harris campaign via email at 4:04pm Thursday for clarification, but received no response. (The screenshot above were taken earlier in the day.) Interestingly enough, after revisiting the Florida Division of Elections site to review Harris’s reports again at 6:30pm, Florida National News discovered that the names were corrected to Jennifer Rita Harris (except the June 15, 2022 donation for $275 which is listed as Jennifer Harris), the occupation for all five donations are now listed as “Candidate” and all of the donations have been corrected to reflect that they’re loans instead of just checks.

This still begs the question: Where did Harris get the $10,000 from? All eyes and negative comments flew at State Rep. Morales after she announced her $50,000 campaign loan. Scrutiny is no respecter of persons–at least it shouldn’t be, and has been over the course of the HD 44 race.

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2022 Midterm Election

Orlando Sentinel Endorses Angel Perry for Florida House District 36

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Florida House District 36 candidate Angel Perry. Photo: Angel Perry campaign.

SANFORD, Fla. – The Angel Perry campaign announced today that the Orlando Sentinel has endorsed the Republican candidate in her bid for Florida House District 36.

Perry’s campaign priorities include following and protecting the Constitution, including keeping the Second Amendment intact; protecting and paying our first responders well, creating more programs for our veterans so that they can live out their days in success and prosperity, creating more opportunities for small businesses to thrive, and transparency and accountability for all elected officials.

Perry has a chance to make history with a November win–it would make her the first African American Republican woman from Central Florida to be elected to the Florida House. She has two Republican opponents in the August 23rd Republican primary for House District 36: Richard Santos and Rachel Plakon.

The Orlando Sentinel lavished cautious praise in their endorsement of Perry.

“Angelique “Angel” Perry has her eyes on the prize. Her positions are every bit as conservatively dogmatic as Plakon and Santos. And her calm demeanor and focus could make her a formidable presence in Tallahassee, where she’d bring a welcome fresh perspective on the challenges facing Florida in the coming two years. That’s not to say we agree with her, because there are few areas where we do… If voters want solid Republican ideology, free of baggage and uncertainty, she’s the best choice.”

 

“For too long the government has done nothing but in-fighting while the work of the people is not getting done,” Angel Perry said in her press statement. “I don’t have to reach across the aisle–my record shows I can work with all viewpoints without compromising my beliefs.

“We the people mean everyone together. There is no way forward without that. A left-leaning newspaper’s endorsement of a right wing conservative is proof in the pudding and I am very grateful for the Orlando Sentinel’s endorsement.”

For more information, visit angel4florida.com.

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