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March 18th – Republican U.S. Senate Candidates

On March 18th at the Ferguson Law Center Tampa Tiger Bay Club was excited to present Congressman David Jolly (R) and businessman and veteran Todd Wilcox (R), candidates for U.S. Senate! Rep. Ron DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and business man Carlos Beruff were all invited as well and declined. This event generated some excellent coverage by Windy March and the Tampa Bay Times as well as from Mitch Perry of

David Wilson Jolly (born October 31, 1972) is an attorney, former lobbyist and the U.S. Representative for Florida’s

David Jolly

Rep. David Jolly, candidate for U.S. Senate

Thirteenth Congressional district. A Republican, he previously served as general counsel to his predecessor, U.S. Rep. Bill Young. He won the race for Young’s seat as the Republican candidate in a 2014 special election against Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby. He was subsequently re-elected in November 2014, winning 75 percent of the vote. On July 20, 2015, Jolly announced that he was giving up his seat to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio in 2016.

Jolly was born in Dunedin, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law. He worked for U.S. Representative Bill Young as an adviser and General Counsel until 2007.

In 2007, Jolly began work as a Lobbyist with Washington, D.C. firm Van Scoyoc Associates. Eventually, he opened his own firm, Three Bridges Advisors in 2011, and contributed political donations to both Republicans and Democrats during his time as a lobbyist. Jolly officially had his name removed from the Lobby Registry to run for the vacant House seat.

From on March 15, 2016.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Todd Wilcox

Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Todd Wilcox

Todd Wilcox grew up in a poor neighborhood in South Tampa where his mom worked two jobs to make ends meet. His father was absent most of his childhood. Eventually, he earned an Army ROTC scholarship to the University of Tampa.

After college, he joined the military and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and shipped off to Ft Benning, Georgia. He went on to serve as a rifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm and, upon promotion to Captain, he volunteered for a transfer to the U.S. Army Special Forces branch. After earning his Green Beret, he commanded a Special Forces A-team in a counterterrorism role in East Asia.

In 1997 he resigned his commission and accepted a position with the CIA to join the fight in the new emerging threat that would later become America’s global war on terrorism.  He completed two years of Arabic studies and he arrived for his first assignment in the Middle East just prior to September 11, 2001 where he went on to serve in various assignments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Following the military, Wilcox founded two companies and the combined business operations over the past nine years ranged from specialized security training for U.S. special operations to defending corporate clients against cyber-security attacks and the ground delivery of the US Postal mail to our troops in Afghanistan.

From: on February 22, 2016.