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Democrats find a military man to take on Jolly

Ed Jany, a former member of the Army Special Forces and Marine Corps colonel, announced today he will run against Rep. David Jolly.

Jany was a Republican who registered recently as a Democrat. But because of Florida qualifying rules, he'll run as a no party affiliation candidate. The DCCC instantly came out in support of him today.

“My life has always been about service, honor and bringing people together to get results, but these values are totally missing from Washington, and Pinellas families are paying the price,” Jany said in a news release. “When the Republican Congress lost touch with the values of Main Street America by focusing on divisive issues like the healthcare choices of my daughters and wife instead of cutting wasteful spending or helping businesses create jobs, I knew that that the party had left me and so many others behind. I have never given up until a mission was done, and I’ll fight everyday until Washington starts putting Pinellas seniors, veterans and middle class families first.“

From the release: Ed’s 33-year military career began at a young age, when he earned a scholarship to attend a military high school and enlisted in the Army at age 17. Among his many posts, Ed served in the Special Forces, where he earned his Green Beret, and the Marine Corps Reconnaissance and Special Operations. Ed served as Commanding Officer for the Anti-Terrorism Battalion and worked for Special Operations Command Central at MacDill Air Force Base. He is a dedicated service member who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

In addition to his military service, Ed also spent much of his life in law enforcement, beginning in college when he walked the foot beat to pay for school. In 1989, while serving in an Army Reserve Special Forces unit, he became a full-time police officer with the Orlando Police Department. While serving as a police officer, Ed was shot in the line of duty in 2003, but he did not allow his injury to hold him back. Ten weeks after being shot, he completed the Marine Corps physical fitness test and earned a first-class score. He earned numerous awards, including a Police Medal of Valor

[Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:36pm]


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