David Jolly sets up non-profit
Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly is launching a non-profit organization to promote policies and issues important in Pinellas County and keep his profile elevated should he decide to run against Democrat Charlie Crist again in 2018.
Brighter Future Florida Inc., funded initially with unspent campaign funds, will focus on veterans’ issues, early childhood education and literacy, community healthcare solutions, and issues impacting local fisheries and the environment, Jolly said.
“I am committed to continuing the work I started in Congress,” said Jolly, who is working as consultant, about to start teaching at USF, and appearing regularly on national cable TV shows. “Brighter Future provides a vehicle to serve our community and to work with people of all political leanings on smart public policy solutions,” Jolly added. “With Brighter Future, I also hope to demonstrate a commitment to real campaign finance reform. Instead of using unspent money on endless campaign cycles for other candidates, I felt the right thing to do was to pour the money back into the community.”
Jolly has shut down his House campaign committee and super PAC and said running for the House again "is nothing I even will be considering this calendar year."
Formermer Crist adviser Vito Sheeley will serve as the non-profit’s senior policy advisor, and former Jolly chief of staff John David White will be a director. Bright Future already has donated money to I Support Youth, a youth development non-profit in St. Petersburg, Drug Free America Foundation, and the Jim West Prostate Foundation supporting prostate cancer screenings.
"I applaud David and his efforts on behalf of the citizens he has served. Diverse leadership on these important issues is critical for success," said Janet Long, Chair of the Pinellas County Commission.
“By investing in locally-based programs, Brighter Future can make a real difference in our community. David's continued commitment to taking action is the right thing to do,” said Councilwoman Yolanda Roman of the City of Gulfport