Today, the Tommy Gregory Campaign announced the endorsement of Steve Vernon, a prominent local Republican leader. Vernon is the President of the Lakewood Ranch Republican Club. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate.

“Tommy Gregory is a patriot and a true conservative. He understands how our economy works and how important it is to keep taxes low and government regulations to a minimum,” said Vernon.  “There is no doubt in my mind that District 73 voters can count on him to be a strong conservative presence in Tallahassee, pushing back against any erosion of our constitutional rights.”

After a 30-year career in banking, Vernon spent 15 years as a contracts negotiator with IBM. He served as a Section Chief for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for six years, negotiating troubled assets from failed banks. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and has long been active with the Manatee Tea Party. In 2016, he sought the Republican nomination for the District 73 House seat, which Gruters ultimately won.

“Steve is a great leader and a great friend, and I’m proud to have his support,” said Gregory. “Folks like him are what makes our area such a great place to call home. I appreciate his leadership and dedication to our shared conservative values, and I look forward to working with him to make our community even stronger.”