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Leek faces a Republican primary challenger in his bid for a fourth term.

Speaker designate of the Chamber Paul Renner endorsed Republican Rep. Ormond Beach. Tom leek in the running for House District 28.

“We need principled conservatives like Tom Leek in Tallahassee. I am proud to serve with Tom and honored to call him a friend and ally in the fight to make Florida the best state for children, families and workers to succeed,” said Renner, a Republican from Palm Coast. “I support Governor DeSantis in endorsing Tom Leek. Tom is the leader we need at Florida House to fight alongside the governor and advance our conservative agenda.

Leek replied, “I look forward to standing alongside my friend, President-elect Paul Renner, and I am honored to receive his endorsement. Together, we will continue to put parents and students first, protect small businesses, strengthen our elections, stand up for the unborn, support blue, and support disconnected special interests to keep Florida open. and free.

Renner’s endorsement comes as Leek clashes with Liberty Caucus member Alex Newman in the Republican primary for the newly reconfigured HD 28. Leek also received a nod from the Governor. Ron DeSantis.

Newman, also of Ormond Beach, entered the race in early May and received an endorsement from the U.S. Representative. Ron Paul. Whether the endorsement of a popular Texas congressman who last held office a decade ago has any value in a race for the State House in Florida remains to be seen.

In May, Leek had about $143,000 in the bank in his campaign account and another $1 million in his affiliate political committee, Live life with purpose. Newman’s first campaign financial report, covering the month of May, is due to the state in mid-June.

The new HD 28 covers parts of Volusia County. Leek served as chairman of the House redistricting committee during this year’s regular session.

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