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Failed state house candidates Scott Sturgill and Kathryn Townsend potentially considering 2016 campaigns.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Two of Florida's most horrendous candidates for public office in 2014, are said to be plotting new campaigns, meaning 2016 could be very entertaining again in Seminole County. Scott Sturgill, a former Seminole County Soil & Water Conservation board member who famously lied about owning a safety products company, is reportedly considering a run for State House or possibly Clerk of the Courts in Seminole County.

 

Kathryn Townsend, the heavily disliked Seminole County GOP State Committeewoman who ran a disastrous challenge to respected conservative reformer Jason Brodeur, is thinking about running for Brodeur's seat if he decides to challenge State Senator David Simmons in 2016. Both Sturgill and Townsend, who are reviled by local GOP activists and leaders, have been keeping their powder dry, while serving on numerous boards and foundations.

 

Sturgill was curiously appointed as the Chairman of the Florida Hospital Board in Altamonte Springs, after lobbying from one of his wealthy political boosters... according to a source familiar with the selection.

 

"We all knew it was just a position that Mr. Sturgill would use to catapult himself to another run for office and a convenient way for him to rub shoulders with potential donors. He has not been well received," confirmed an individual in a high-ranking position with Florida Hospital.

 

Mr. Sturgill ran a nasty campaign against Republican State Representative Bob Cortes in 2014, and gave a series of bizarre interviews to this publication that included his lying about owning a safety products company and odd comments about Governor Rick Scott. Ultimately, Stugill would be defeated handily by Cortes, and would then grovel for an appointment to the Judicial Nominating Commission... where he was overlooked almost instantly according to a contact within Governor Rick Scott's office.

 

After failing to be placed on the JNC, Sturgill retained a lawyer and threatened to sue this publication unless we retracted several stories we wrote about his sordid business dealings and personal past. We told him to pound sand, and it seems Sturgill could not afford the costly legal battle he was almost certain to lose.

 

Now, he wants another bite at the apple. Sources are telling Seminole County Post that Sturgill is considering challenging incumbent Republican Bob Cortes, filing to run for Seminole County Clerk of Courts, or Seminole County Commission.

 

If Sturgill does decide to run, we think he should explain his threatening letter to this publication, saying he would sue us over his own dishonest ramblings and claims.

 

Now, on to Kathryn Townsend, who ran an equally odd campaign for State House in 2014 against incumbent conservative reformer Jason Brodeur. Townsend would miss important filing deadlines in violation of election law, while on an alternative cruise with a GLBT writer and activist.

 

Mrs. Townsend, who has the worst attendance record of any State Committeewoman in the state, also illegally used the GOP logo in campaign materials, a clear violation of election law yet again. The gaffe prone quest for State House did not stop there for Kathryn, who would retain Donna and Butch Bundy to advise her campaign, a husband and wife duo with a dual arrest record.

 

Like Sturgill, Mrs. Townsend would be defeated by an embarrassing margin, but that has not stopped her from plotting her 2016 return. Townsend is said to be in the final stages of planning a campaign for Jason Brodeur's state house seat if he decides to run for Florida Senate.

 

A Republican operative claims that Townsend has potentially violated elections laws again by making campaign expenditures without filing the necessary paperwork.

 

If Mrs. Townsend plans to run for office, she should dispel these rumors immediately and provide documentation on any campaign materials or social media ad spends she has made that have gone unreported in state filings.

 

Whatever happens, this much is clear... both Townsend and Sturgill have not gotten the message from Seminole County voters... shouldn't they be focusing their energy somewhere else?

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

 

 

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