For Immediate Release
March 1, 2010
Greg Evers is First to Qualify for Ballot Placement in Senate District 2 Race
Evers Submits Over 3,000 Verified Candidate Petitions from Senate District 2 Counties
Baker, Fla. -- In a clear indication that Greg Evers has wide support among the people of Senate District 2, Evers today announced he has qualified by petition for ballot placement. Evers is the first and only candidate in the race to qualify by petition so far. In a widespread show of support for his candidacy across the entire district, Evers received formal notice from the Supervisors of Elections in Bay, Washington, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Escambia Counties that they had successfully verified a combined total of 3,205 petitions and had certified those numbers to the Department of State Division of Elections. Under Florida law, to qualify for ballot placement for Senate District 2, a candidate must secure the signatures of at least 2,909 voters, representing at least 1% of the total registered voters in the district.
The county-by-county breakdown of verified petitions thus far is as follows:
Okaloosa County - 600
Santa Rosa County - 1,012
Escambia County - 993
Walton County - 205
Bay County - 32
Holmes County - 113
Washington County - 250
"I am thrilled to have received the grassroots backing and support of citizens from all across the Northern Panhandle," said Evers. "It means the world to me that my name will be on the ballot because the people I am seeking to represent -- not the money of special interests -- put me on that ballot."
"We have walked door-to-door and visited with people at community events, churches, parades and gun shows in the process of getting these petitions," said Evers. "I have enjoyed getting to know more and more of my neighbors and have appreciated the opportunity to listen to their ideas and concerns. As I continue working throughout our community and knocking on thousands of more doors, I intend to continue a campaign based, first and foremost on listening, so I can make sure the priorities of Northwest Florida are heard in our State Senate."
Senate District 2 covers the largest geographic area in our state -- over 160 square miles -- and includes the northern portions of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay Counties, and all of Washington and Holmes County. Senate District 2 has 290,926 registered voters.
Evers currently represents Florida House District 1, which includes parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties. He is a farmer and small businessman who was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2001 and was subsequently re-elected. Evers has put his Northwest Florida background and experience in agriculture and business to good use in the Florida Legislature and is proud of his legislative accomplishments on behalf of Florida's critical agriculture industry, economic development, job creation and Second Amendment issues. Most recently, he sponsored and passed legislation making "In God We Trust" our official state motto; exempting agriculture farm equipment transports from additional government permits or fees; creating tax incentives that enabled the Jay Oil Field to reopen and restore numerous Northwest Florida jobs; and protecting the right of law-abiding citizens in Florida to keep firearms in their automobiles for self-protection and other lawful purposes.
For more information on the Greg Evers for Senate Campaign, please visit www.gregevers.com.