Last Wednesday night, approximately 300 people turned out for the annual fundraiser of the Jackson County Republican Party, honorably named the Reagan Dinner. Governor Rick Scott was the guest speaker along with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis making an appearance at the event also.
“We are alive in Jackson County,” said Clint Pate, Jackson County Republican Party chairman.
The event has been going on for decades and serves as a fundraiser for the Republican party of Jackson County.
“There for a while the Republican party was kind of laying low, but we’ve brought it to the forefront,” said Pate. “We’re trying to raise the party, the numbers, and it has. It’s almost doubled in the last seven years.”
It was Governor Scott’s second appearance in Marianna in as many months with a stop at the National Guard Armory last month to honor Jackson County veterans. Scott talked about the importance of getting out and voting and his contributions to encouraging that with Floridians, “It’s exciting being here in Jackson County. I love traveling the state, I love talking to people, I love meeting people, I love hearing their stories, hearing their issues, and seeing what I can do to be helpful to them. The most important thing is to get people out to vote. Get people to volunteer, get the people out to vote, that’s how you win elections. I’m working hard to be the next U.S. senator from Florida. I’m going to represent Florida. I’m going to represent everybody all across the state, and every county across the state. So, it’s exciting to be here, I’m in, most of the time, two cities a day. It’s always fun to get out here and talk to people.”
When asked if he was traveling elsewhere Wednesday Governor Scott said, “I’ll be going back to Tallahassee tonight. One thing I got to announce tonight is that 56 out of 66 sheriffs have now endorsed me. The Holmes County Sheriff, John Tate endorsed me tonight. I announced I think on Monday that 55 Sheriffs endorsed me, so now we have our 56th. It’s a bipartisan group, so the most important thing you can do as a state is make sure everyone is safe. When you do that you get more jobs, and you have an education system where people can go learn rather than worry about their safety.”
The governor spent part of his speech, highlighting his goals, if elected to the US senate.
Following the Governor’s speech, those attending enjoyed their feast catered from Outback Steakhouse before the Republican of the Year and the scholarship recipients were awarded.
Connie Butts, town manager for Sneads was named Jackson County Republican of the Year. Butts was very nothing short of surprised, “What a pleasant surprise to be honored this way. I feel we are working hard in Jackson County to encourage people to register and vote and I feel blessed to be part of the Republican organization.”
Four Jackson County students were presented scholarships from the Jackson County Republican Party through the Richard Hand Scholarship to assist with their college education. Tanner Andress from Cottondale High School, Cassie Brown from Malone High School, Tristan Mulder from Marianna High School and Max Scott from Altha High School were all presented scholarships at the Reagan Dinner.