The state Senator has long led the local GOP.
The Republican Party of Sarasota County made clear it wants Sen. Joe Gruters to remain in office. The Republican Executive Committee voted unanimously to endorse the lawmaker and party leader.
“I’m thankful for this overwhelming support from my hometown community. These folks know me and what I’ve stood for,” Gruters said. “No one knows my opponent.”
The move comes as little surprise. Gruters for more than a decade served as the official Chair of the county party, and has served nearly four years as Chair of the Republican Party of Florida.
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