With state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, facing term limits in 2020, Republican Jenna Persons, an attorney and GOP leader, is kicking off her campaign to replace her with some big name supporters.
Persons announced on Tuesday that she will launch her bid on Feb. 25 with the support of state Sen. Lizbeth Benaquisto, R-Fort Myers, state House Majority Leader Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, and state Rep. Raymond Rodriguez, R-Estero.
“Southwest Floridians are at the heart of what makes Florida so special,” Persons said. “We are a hardworking, compassionate family determined to pass on our piece of paradise to the next generation stronger than we found it and full of opportunities for all and I am truly honored to have the support of so many of our communities’ leaders.”
“As a fifth generation Southwest Floridian, I understand the challenges and opportunities facing our community and I am ready to make the tough choices needed to keep us safe, prosperous and thriving. I will take a stand for hardworking families and small business owners to keep our taxes low and eliminate job-killing regulations that hurt our economy. I will fight to protect our water, ensure access to world-class education opportunities for our children and quality healthcare for our people. I will stand with our brave law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives on the line to keep our neighborhoods safe; and I will steadfastly honor the sacrifices made by our veterans,” she added.
“I am proud to support my dear friend Jenna Persons in her run for state representative,” said Benacquisto. “Jenna cares about our community, the environment and the issues important to Southwest Florida and I am confident she will work tirelessly on our behalf.”
Persons and businessman Roger Lolly, who has been active in leading non-profits and charities, are running for the Republican nomination. The district, which includes parts of Lee County, is solidly Republican.