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Nearly 250 votes cast in straw poll

PONTE VEDRA BEACH – The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce hosted the second event in its Politics in St. Johns series at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Monday, July 16. Nearly 250 votes were cast in the straw poll hosted by the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office as hundreds of guests discussed their questions with the nearly two dozen candidates in attendance.

While the poll was informal, there were some interesting results including a four vote victory for Governor Rick Scott in his race against incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and a tight outcome in the race for governor as GOP candidates U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam and Democratic candidate Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum all received nearly 20% or more of the total vote with DeSantis earning a 6-point victory over Democratic candidate Gillum.

This is the third election year the Chamber has hosted a candidate meet and greet event in Ponte Vedra and this year, because of the swelling crowds, chose to host the event at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall for the first time. “I am very pleased to see how this event has grown over the years, it means that people are becoming more engaged. We are proud to be able to provide a platform that will help St. Johns County residents make an informed voting decision,” Isabelle Renault, Chamber president / CEO, said.

With a second straw poll event scheduled in St. Augustine candidates could gather some information as to their standing in the mind of St. Johns County voters. Three hundred or more votes were cast during each of the Politics in St. Johns straw poll events since 2012 with the most recorded votes in 2016, nearly 400. “It’s certainly not a model to predict results. However, the numbers of people at these events is large and, for the first time this year, we have held the poll in Ponte Vedra as well, so it could a useful tool for candidates to gauge the public’s sentiment with only weeks to go before the Primaries,” St. Johns County Chamber Director of Public Policy Bob Porter said.

The Ponte Vedra politics event is the second in the Chamber’s series of political events but the first candidate meet and greet. The first event, the Legislative breakfast, was held in March and featured Congressman John Rutherford, State Representatives Paul Renner and Cyndi Stevenson and County Commission Chair Henry Dean shortly after the state of Florida’s legislative session concluded.

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce will host its third and final Politics in St. Johns event on August 1 at the Solomon Calhoun Center in St. Augustine, Fla. from 5 – 7 pm. Attendance is free and there will be another straw poll hosted by the Supervisor of Elections Office. You can register to ensure you are able to vote in the straw poll here on the Chamber’s website at To find out more about the Chamber visit its website or call 904.829.5681.

Ponte Vedra Straw Poll Results
United States Senator
119 – Rick Scott-R
115 – Bill Nelson-D

 United States Representative – District 4
130 – John H. Rutherford-R
96 – George “Ges” Selmont-D

64 – Ron DeSantis-R
13 – Bruce Nathan-R
44 – Adam H. Putnam-R
48 – Andrew Gillum-D
24 – Gwen Graham-D
16 – Jeff Greene-D
18 – Philip Levine-D

 Attorney General
98 – Ashley Moody-R
24 – Frank White-R
59 – Sean Shaw-D
25 – Ryan Torrens-D

Chief Financial Officer
97 – Jimmy Patronis-R
99 – Jeremy Ring-D

 Commissioner of Agriculture
31 – Matt Caldwell-R
37 – Denise Grimsley-R
21 – Mike McCalister-R
18 – Baxter Troutman-R
76 – Nicole “Nikki” Fried-D
9 – Jeffery Duane Porter-D
5 – Roy David Walker-D

 State Representative District 17
130 – Cyndi Stevenson-R
93 – Jaime D. Perkins-D

 County Commissioner District 4
40 – Erika Alba-R
42 – Jeremiah Blocker-R
8 – Nicholas “Mike” Dudynskay-R
74 – Dick Williams-R
55 – John C. “Jack” Gorman-NPA

 Circuit Judge – 7th Circuit – Group 15
45 – Linda L. Gaustad
83 – Sebrina L Slack
49 – Ryan Will

 School Board Member District 4
123 – Kelly Barrera
20 – Denver Cook
71 – Abigail Levrini

 Anastasia Mosquito Control District Seat 2
64 – Karen Cornwell
71 – Jeanne Moeller
25 – Merrill Paul Roland

 Anastasia Mosquito Control District Seat 4
78 – Trish Becker
26 – Catherine Brandhorst
60 – Peter Miele

 St. Johns County Airport Authority Group 2
93 – Justin Mirgeaux
80 – Victor Raymos

 St. Johns County Airport Authority Group 3
104 – Bruce Maguire
64 – Carl Youman


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