Speaker-designate Paul Renner on Wednesday endorsed Republican candidate Ashley Guy in the race for House District 9.
“Ashley Guy will bring bold leadership to give Leon, Madison, and Jefferson counties the voice they deserve,” said Renner. “Her experience in the classroom, in running a growing small business, and her perspective on family values will be a huge asset to the Florida House. I look forward to working with Ashley to take on Florida’s most critical challenges.”
A first-time candidate and Tallahassee businesswoman, Guy launched her campaign last month to challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Allison Tant in the newly redrawn district. Tant, a former state party chair, was first elected in 2020 after she captured 57% of the vote in the old HD 9.
Guy is the owner of three Tallahassee Tallulah CBD + Juice stores, with a fourth location on the way, which offer premium CBD products for people and pets. She also holds two master’s degrees, one in public affairs and the other in teaching, and is a former high school teacher from Washington.
She resides in Tallahassee with her husband and six-year-old daughter.
In a statement, Guy thanked Renner for his seal of approval and took a shot at Tant, painting the first-term lawmaker as a career politician who is out of touch with HD 9 voters.
“It’s time to retire career politicians that don’t reflect the views and principles of our community,” said Guy. “I am honored to be endorsed by the next Speaker of the Florida House, Paul Renner. I look forward to working with him to improve education, upgrade how Florida delivers healthcare to our most vulnerable, and give North Florida families a strong, principled voice to make our communities the best place to live and raise our families.”
HD 9 was reshaped during the latest round of redistricting, giving Tant a less favorable path to reelection. The new House district now includes Jefferson and Madison counties — Republican strongholds over the last three election cycles — as well as a large portion of Leon County.