Republican congressional candidate Amy Pope Wells added another endorsement to her campaign on Tuesday, picking up the backing of Jacksonville City Councilman Aaron Bowman in her bid to represent Florida’s 3rd Congressional District.
Bowman, a former base commander at Naval Station Mayport who served 28 years in the United States Navy, is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for the JAXUSA Partnership where he leads the business recruitment and expansion efforts for the Northeast Florida Regional Economic Development team.
“As a retired Navy Captain, former base commander at Naval Station Mayport and Jacksonville City Council President, I know what leadership looks like. That is why I am endorsing Amy Pope Wells for Congress in Florida’s 3rd District,” Bowman said in a press release. “She is a leader and a fighter who will go to Washington and represent her constituents with strength and integrity.”
Wells, a lifelong conservative, is a small business owner from Green Cove Springs. She served as chairwoman of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and on a sheriff’s office task force before launching her congressional campaign in April.
“As the proud daughter of a U.S. Army veteran and vocal supporter of our area’s veterans and active duty service members, I am humbled by the trust placed in me by Captain Bowman,” Wells said. “Once elected, I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of veterans in the 3rd District who have many needs including quality healthcare and access to high-paying jobs.”
No stranger to the political arena, Wells has several ties to the White House. She was tapped by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in 2017 to serve on a committee that supports the United States-Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.
Wells is one of 10 Republicans looking to replace Congressman Ted Yoho who is retiring at the end of his current term.
Also seeking the GOP nomination are businessman Judson Sapp, Clay County Commissioner Gavin Rollins, Gainesville City Commissioner Todd Chase, former congressional aide Joe Millado, physician James St. George, businessman Ryan Chamberlin, businessman Bill Engelbrecht, businessman David Theus, and businesswoman Kat Cammack.
FL-03 includes Alachua, Bradford, Marion, Union, Putnam, and Clay counties and is largely made up of Republican voters. Yoho won the red district in 2016 earning 57.6% of the vote.