Jason Holloway launched the first TV ad of his campaign as he runs for Florida House District 58.
The 30-second clip, titled “Keep Florida Free,” will air on cable and digital throughout the district, which covers parts of Pinellas County. The announcement is centered on Gov. Ron DeSantis slogan of a “free Florida”.
“We are blessed to live in the Free State of Florida, under the best governor in the land, Ron DeSantis,” Holloway said in his announcement. “Governor DeSantis needs more patriots supporting him, which is why I’m running for State House.”
Holloway’s alliance with the governor may be key to winning the Republican nomination, especially against a former lawmaker. Holloway faces the former representative. Kim Berfield in the Republican primary, as well as a third Republican challenger, Jim Vricos.
“We are very pleased to launch this announcement and bring our Conservative message to voters,” Holloway said in a statement. “Governor DeSantis appointed me to the Florida Blockchain Task Force because he trusts me to do the work for local families. I look forward to helping him implement his plan to keep Florida free at the State House.
Candidates are running to replace Rep. Chris Latvala.
State Senator Jeff Brandes joined the senator. Joe Gruter and former representative larry ahern endorsing Holloway, as well as the former mayor of St. Pete Rick Baker, and former St. Pete Alderman Robert Blackman.
Holloway, a former legislative aide to the senator. Darryl Rousonqualified for the ballot by petition earlier this year.
Latvala quits office due to term limits and runs for the Pinellas County Commission. Latvala already endorsed Berfield as his favorite successor. The primary election is August 23.
Two Democrats are also in the running — Bernie Fensterwald and Joseph Saportas. Saportas ran an unsuccessful campaign for Pinellas County tax collector in 2020, losing to the incumbent Charles Thomas after waging a largely unsuccessful campaign against a powerful incumbent.