Anthony Bonna Files To Run For St. Lucie County Republican State Committeeman

Anthony Bonna - St. Lucie Republican State Committeeman - Election 2016 - Gayle Harrell - Judi Miller - Mike Hofstee

FORT PIERCE, FL – Anthony Bonna, 28, filed paperwork this morning with St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, to run for St. Lucie County Republican State Committeeman. Current St. Lucie County State Committeeman Michael Hofstee opted not to seek a second term.

“Dr. Mike Hofstee is a principled man and has been an effective advocate and leader for St. Lucie County Republicans during his term in office,” Bonna said. “I am blessed to call him a friend and thankful for his support of my candidacy.”

Hofstee said that he “would be thrilled to see Bonna succeed him because of his commitment to faith, family and freedom.”

Inspired by his mentor, R. Allen Miller, who served in the position for many years, Bonna reflected on the honor it is to serve in the same position as the man who taught him so much once did.

“Mentors teach you and prepare you for the future and there was no one better to equip you than Allen. The core values he impressed on me throughout my life were service and paying it forward,” Bonna said. “I look forward to using the example he gave me to grow our county’s Republican Party and most importantly to advance conservative principles.”

While filing paperwork, Bonna was joined by two close friends, longtime School Board Member  Dr.  Judi Miller and State Representative Gayle Harrell (R), who have impacted Bonna’s life.

“I have known Anthony Bonna for over 16 years. His tenacity and passion are derived from his principles. St. Lucie County Republicans will benefit greatly from his leadership, his knowledge of campaigns, and his willingness to work hard on behalf of all Republicans. I know Allen, would be so proud to see Anthony taking this step forward!” Miller said.

Bonna said he will maintain a local focus centered on growing the party through voter registration, candidate recruitment, and messaging.

“We cannot allow the Democrats to continue to win uncontested races. St. Lucie County voters deserve a clear choice and a strong conservative party. That’s the only recourse taxpayers have to hold our elected officials accountable,” he said.

The Republican State Committeeman position is a four-year, countywide elected term provided for under Florida Statute 103.091 and Republican Party of Florida Rule 11. Together, the elected St. Lucie County State Committeeman and Committeewoman, act as liaisons between the State Executive Committee and the County Executive Committee.


Anthony Bonna is the owner of The Good Help Group, LLC, which provides direct mail, digital strategy and branding services for political, corporate, education, and faith-based clients from the national level to the local level.

As a mentor and Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee, Anthony enjoys sharing with groups the impact his mentor Allen had on his life. Passionate about community service, he enjoys being a part of the Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, and the Knights of Columbus. Anthony is a parishioner at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, where he serves as a lector, volunteers in the prison ministry, and acts in the Parish’s annual Passion Play at the Sunrise Theater. He was recently appointed as an at-large director on the board of Florida Right To Life.

Anthony grew up in St. Lucie County, attended Georgetown University where he received a degree in finance, and moved back to our community in 2014 with his wife Sasha, who is an attorney in the 19th Circuit Public Defender’s Office.

Idaho Politics Weekly: Congressman Raúl Labrador Introduces Campaign Team

As Republicans from across Idaho prepare for the party’s state convention in Nampa, Idaho, 1st District U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador has introduced his 2016 re-election team, including campaign staff, campaign finance co-chairs, and grassroots director.

The campaign team, which has been working together since January, helped Labrador receive 81% of the vote, the largest margin of victory for a Republican in Idaho in a contested race.

The Raúl Labrador for Idaho campaign team will be headed by senior political advisor China Gum and field coordinator Daniel Tellez.  China Gum has managed several legislative and statewide races in Idaho, including Representative Labrador’s successful 2012 re-election campaign.  Gum has been a political advisor to the Congressman since he was first elected to Congress in 2010.  Daniel Tellez, who will coordinate all field activities, has worked on several legislative races in Idaho and most recently served as Digital and Communications Director for the Idaho Republican Party.

The campaign team includes political strategists Michael Clingaman and Anthony Bonna from the Stoneridge Group who will oversee online engagement, messaging and digital strategy, direct mail, and voter contact; Brock Lowrance and Jon Downs from FP1 Strategies who specialize in messaging and political advertising; and Glen Bolger and Robert Blizzard from Public Opinion Strategies, one of the Republican Party’s leading political strategy and polling firms. Among the pollsters clients is Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

“Representing the people of the 1st Congressional District is a tremendous honor and I do not take their support for granted,” said Labrador. “As their elected representative, I have a responsibility to tell the people of Idaho what I am doing to represent them and why I am asking for their vote.  As I prepare for the future, I’m excited that we’ve put together one of the best political teams in Idaho and I’m looking forward to sharing my vision for a stronger Idaho and a more prosperous nation.”

The Raúl Labrador for Idaho campaign also announced that Vicki and Lamont Keen and Milford Terrell will serve as the Finance Committee Co-Chairs and will help lead the fundraising efforts for the campaign.

Finally, the Raúl Labrador for Idaho campaign has organized a grassroots and coalition leadership team in all 19 counties in the 1st District led by Norm Semanko.  Semanko is a former Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.  As state director for the Ted Cruz for President campaign, Semanko developed an extensive grassroots operation that led Senator Cruz to a decisive victory in Idaho’s 2016 presidential primary.