The former legislator says Blacklidge’s private sector
background makes him the right choice for District 69.
The Ray Blacklidge Campaign today announced the endorsement of former State Representative Jim Frishe. Blacklidge, a Republican, is seeking the District 69 seat in the Florida House of Representatives.
“Ray Blacklidge will be an outstanding member of the Florida House,” said Frishe. “His background in the private sector and his longstanding commitment to our community and his family make him very well suited for the job. I’m proud to support him, and I urge all District 69 voters to do the same.”
Frishe served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2012, including a stint as Majority Whip from 2010 to 2012. While in the House, he consistently worked against tax increases and higher insurance rates. Frishe is a licensed real estate broker and has a distinguished record of public service, including past service as a member of the boards of the Friends of the Deaf Service Center and Pinellas Emergency Mental Health Services.
“I’m honored to have Jim Frishe’s support,” said Blacklidge. “I appreciate his lifelong commitment to public service, and I look forward to working with him to make our community even stronger.”
In addition to Frishe, Blacklidge has also collected endorsements from several current and former elected officials, including State Representative Jim Boyd, Pinellas Park Councilman Rick Butler, Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters, and South Pasadena Mayor Max Elson.
House District 69 covers the south Pinellas beach communities from Redington Shores to Fort DeSoto, as well as portions of St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Kenneth City, and Pinellas Park. With 36 percent of the district’s voter registration, Republicans maintain a slight lead over the Democrats’ 35 percent. Independents and minor parties make up 29 percent of the district.