Jamie Grant, son of former Sen. John Grant, to seek House seat
The son of a long-time Florida lawmaker plans to ring in the new year by making his own run for public office. Jamie Grant, a Republican and son of former state Sen. John Grant, said he will file Jan. 4 to run for the District 47 state House seat. Grant’s entry into the race means five Republicans are vying for the post.They include retired Verizon lobbyist Irene Guy; retired human resources executive Tom Aderhold; former Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair; and Rich Reidy, legislative aide to county commissioner Ken Hagan.
Grant, 27, graduated from Stetson law school and works in a firm with his father, brother and another attorney. He said he wants bring more conservative principles and fiscal responsibility to Tallahassee.
His father was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1980, before the younger Grant was even born. He stayed there until 1987, when he was elected to the Florida Senate. Term limits forced him out of office in 2000. He then accepted a position in Gov. Jeb Bush’s administration, serving as the Statewide Public Guardian.
“I can remember my dad talking to me several times about difficult votes he made, breaking party lines and doing what he thought made sense and not playing the party politics,” Grant said. “That’s probably what stands out most to me – his principles and willingness to take a tough stand.”
Republican Kevin Ambler now holds the District 47 seat, but is term-limited out of the position and running for the state Senate. Democrats in the race so far are Christopher Mitchell and Michael Steinberg. William Burda, a member of the Independent Party, is also running.