DECISION 2022: Space Coast Young Republicans Release 2022 Midterm Endorsements
By Josiah Gattle, President, Space Coast Young Republicans // June 25, 2022
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Young Republicans released their list of endorsements for the 2022 midterm elections, including the Primary and General Elections.
Featured candidates include a number of up-and-coming Young Republican members, including two school board candidates, Megan Wright in District 1 and Courtney Lewis in District 2.
Wright, who recently received the endorsement of Gov. Ron DeSantis, is challenging the current school board chair who has heavily courted the Democrat Party for petitions and donations.
The chair has also ushered in notable changes to our schools including the implementation of a policy that enabled a middle school girl in Brevard County to enter the boy’s locker room and strip down in front of her peers and adult coach.
As the Young Republicans knock on thousands of doors, they have noted that voters from all walks of life and party affiliations express their discontent with the direction Brevard Public Schools seems to be heading.
Four candidates qualified in the School Board District 2 race, including an extreme progressive leftist who vocally supported teaching kids under 10 about sexuality and gender ideology.
The seat is currently held by a Democrat and presents an opportunity to flip Party control and regain the majority. Courtney Lewis, who the Young Republicans endorsed, has a nearly insurmountable lead in fundraising, eclipsing the competition with close to $30,000 on hand versus her next closest competitor at $8,000.
The race is anticipated to cost between $25,000 and $50,000 since it will likely continue past August onto the November ballot. As a long-time figure in the community, Lewis has been able to tap into a broad base of support for donations.
Lewis has also garnered the support of well-known Conservatives like Sheriff Wayne Ivey, former Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli, and Congressmen Byron Donalds and John Rutherford, to name a few.
“We are thrilled to have a candidate like Courtney who can bring a calm, steady hand to our school board in a time of near-constant contention,” said Space Coast Young Republicans Vice President David Neuman.
“She is running a clean race and embodies the conservative principles we hold dear.”
The District 2 race has been one of the most heated of the cycle so far. It is promising to see so many right-leaning candidates interested in running for school board, a race that normally draws little interest.
After assessing the background, baggage, and campaign strengths of each candidate, Lewis is clearly the best choice in District 2. Space Coast Young Republican members unanimously voted to endorse Lewis.
Rob Feltner also easily earned the endorsement of the Young Republicans. County Commission races are the most crowded fields this year.
The Space Coast Young Republican vetting committee, which is comprised of eight members with more than 71 years of combined political experience and nearly 10,000 hours of training, had to draw on their expertise, having managed 54 campaigns, to dig into the details of these races.
Tom Goodson in District 2 and Rob Feltner in District 4 emerged as clear frontrunners when fundraising ability, experience, leadership and viability were assessed.
Many major Brevard Republican names are missing from the list due to a record lack of Democrat involvement up and down-ballot.
Debbie Mayfield, Tyler Sirois and Thad Altman were all re-elected without opposition. Numerous city races also remain without Democrat opponents, though qualification has yet to close in many municipal elections.
For too many years the Brevard Dems have run roughshod over a disorganized Republican effort in this county.
The Space Coast Young Republicans have worked diligently to turn that tide. Our efforts are paying off and the Dems recognize they’re going to have a tough time this November.
By focusing on races closest to voters, like city council and school board, the base becomes energized for races up the ballot.
The Space Coast Young Republicans anticipate a commanding victory for Governor DeSantis, who has an exceptional Field Director in Young Republican Grace Glass, who previously managed the re-election campaign of Congressman Bill Posey.
Attorney General Ashley Moody has also chosen Marisa Kahn, another promising Young Republican to manage campaign efforts in Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee, Martin and St Lucie counties.
Republicans are working to retake the position of Commissioner of Agriculture, which oversees the crucial agriculture industry and concealed carry permits. The position has been the only state-level office held by a Democrat for the last four years.
“The Florida Federation of Young Republicans has made it clear that they embrace the importance of being involved in elections and have established endorsement processes so that Young Republicans, who have to build their futures under the policies our elected officials enact, can have a voice,” said Florida Federation of Young Republicans District 10 Chair, Marie Rogerson.
The Palm Bay city council race, featuring Young Republican Nathan White, is likely to draw attention as it appears his opponent has numerous detractors.
A public campaign to expose the current council member’s many failings has already created waves in the city. White has committed to staying out of the drama that is unfolding involving his opponent and instead remains laser-focused on the issues Palm Bay residents care about, such as fixing their roads and funding their firehouses.
With only two qualified candidates, White will appear on the ballot in November and is the clear choice for voters who embrace ending wasteful spending and restoring trust in their city government.
The Space Coast Young Republicans encourage community members to join their cause and support the best candidates Brevard has to offer, a complete list is included below.
Residents are invited to come out to vote for these conservative choices at the Republican Straw Poll and BBQ on Saturday, June 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium and also at polling locations in August and November.
During the Republican Straw Poll and BBQ you can meet your elected officials, hear from new candidates, check out local businesses and clubs, raffles, music and silent auction.
AUGUST PRIMARY BALLOT
COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
■ Wilton Simpson
■ Robert Brackett, Dist. 34
BREVARD COUNTY COUNTY COMMISSION
■ Rob Feltner, Dist. 4
BREVARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD
■ Megan Wright, Dist. 1
■ Courtney Lewis, Dist. 2
■ Katye Campbell, Dist. 5
NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT
■ Ron DeSantis
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
■ Jimmy Patronis
■ Ashley Moody
■ Marco Rubio
U.S. HOUSE DIST 8
■ Bill Posey
FLORIDA SENATE DIST 8
■ Tom Wright
FLORIDA HOUSE DIST 33
■ Randy Fine
PALM BAY CITY COUNCIL
■ Nathan White