Cammack, Sapp, both vying to replace Ted Yoho in CD 3, roll out competing endorsements

by | Jan 30, 2020

Republicans running for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District to replace retiring U.S. Representative Ted Yoho picked up a number of endorsements this week.

Kat Cammack, a former Yoho staffer who launched her campaign for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District seat last month, picked up key endorsements this week from Mayor of Alachua Gib Coerper, and Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe, adding to a list that already includes Crescent City Mayor Brett Peterson and others.

“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,” Coerper said. “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!”

Cammack’s endorsement from those mayors comes after she picked up another endorsement last week: the Executive Director of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association Brittany H. Lee.

Cammack, a small business owner and former deputy chief of staff to Yoho, launched her campaign in December and is one of five Republicans running to replace her old boss. Three weeks after launching her bid, she announced she had raised over $100,000.

Another candidate landing an endorsement this week was Clay County Republican Judson Sapp. His latest backer is Putnam County Superintendent of Schools Rick Surrency.

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

The conservative businessman has also picked up his share of noteworthy endorsements, with U.S. Representatives Vern Buchanan and John Rutherford backing Sapp’s congressional bid.

Sapp, who serves as CEO of W. J. Sapp Railroad Contractor, was an early entrant in the race.

Also seeking the GOP nomination are Clay County Commissioner Gavin Rollins, physician James St. George, businesswoman Amy Pope Wells, former Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy, and Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn.

The seat covers Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, and Union counties with parts of Marion also included.


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