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Updated: 10/09/2013 08:00:01AM

Polk regains seat on state GOP Party board

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott with J.C. Martin

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Polk County Republicans have regained a seat on the Board of Directors for the Republican Party of Florida.

At the Fall Quarterly meeting in Orlando the 17th Congressional District Caucus elected Polk Republican State Committeeman J.C. Martin as Chairman of the Caucus thereby giving him the seat on the statewide Board of Directors. Martin fills the vacancy created when the current chairman moved to Virginia.

In redistricting, Polk County lost it’s status as a county with control of a Congressional district. In 2012 Polk was split among four different Congressional Districts. The 17th District includes Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade and Frostproof. It includes parts of Polk, Hillsborough, Lee and Manatee counties, and all of Okeechobee, Glades, Charlotte, Highlands, DeSoto, and Hardee counties. It is represented in Congress by Tom Rooney.

Martin is active in the Polk Republican Party, serving as the Polk Republican Executive Committee’s Parliamentarian and on it’s Board. Previously, he was vice chairman of the 17th Congressional District Caucus. He works as a manager for Kelley Buick GMC in Bartow.

The 17th Congressional District Caucus is comprised of the County Chairman from each of the 10 counties plus the State Committeeman and Committeewoman from each county, along with two appointees of Governor Rick Scott for a total of 32 people.

“I am honored to be elected to serve the Republicans of Central and Southwest Florida. We will be working together to re-elect Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Cabinet, and Congressman Tom Rooney in 2014,” said Martin.


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