Combined with his strong fundraising and endorsements, the straw poll
victory solidifies Ray Blacklidge’s momentum in the race for House District 69.
The Ray Blacklidge Campaign announced today his victory in the Pinellas County Republican Party’s straw poll. Blacklidge, a Republican running for House District 69, bested his primary opponent, Jeremy Bailie, in the poll conducted on Sunday. In addition, Blacklidge continues to lead in fundraising In the Republican Primary.
“Our conservative message is resonating and our hard work is paying off,” said Blacklidge. “I’m grateful for the support we’re receiving, and I’m going to continue working hard to get our message out and earn the trust of House District 69 voters.”
Blacklidge’s straw poll victory follows endorsements from State Representative Jim Boyd, former State Representative Jim Frishe, Pinellas Park Councilman Rick Butler, Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters, and South Pasadena Mayor Max Elson.
Blacklidge has an extensive background as an entrepreneur with a record of protecting consumers and fighting fraud. He currently works as an insurance executive and attorney in the management of a Florida-based insurance company.
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.