Belleair Beach Mayor Dave Gattis Supports Amanda Makki in CD 13

Mayor of Belleair Beach David Gattis became the 13th Pinellas County mayor to endorse Amanda Makki in the running for Florida’s 13th congressional district.

Gatti was elected mayor in Marchbeating the holder joseph Manzo garnering a whopping 77% of the vote. He previously served on the Belleair Beach City Council and as Vice Mayor.

“Amanda Makki is the real deal. She took the time to meet with me one-on-one and wasn’t afraid to answer the tough questions,” Gattis said in a statement. with the experience and drive to make a positive difference in Washington DC, Florida and Pinellas County. As a Conservative colleague, I am proud to support Amanda Makki.

Makki has now been endorsed by 13 Pinellas County mayors, more than any other candidate in the congressional race. More recently she was approved by the Mayor of Oldsmar Dan Saraki and Marybeth Henderson, Mayor of Redington Shores following the approval of the the new state congress map.

“I am grateful for Mayor Gattis’ support in this race,” Makki said in a statement. “He recognizes the value of a community curator who can deliver for the people of Pinellas and has the experience to go to Congress and fight for us on day one.”

Makki was also backed by Pinellas’ former congressman SEAL PAC Bill Young’s wife, beverly, and Maggie’s List Florida in addition to her mayoral mentions. Makki, a GOP strategist, faces a crowded Republican primary against the former prosecutor Kevin Haysletnonprofit founder Audrey Hensonair force veteran Anna Paulina Luna and Christina quinn. Makki lost the Republican primary to Luna in 2020.

However, the odds of a Republican overthrowing the seat look better under the new map. Democrats have held the CD 13 seat since 2016 when Rep. charlie christ defeated the incumbent Republican Rep. David Cheerful. Crist this year is running for governor instead of being re-elected.

But a new map just signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis dramatically reconfigures Tampa Bay. While CD 13 remains contained within Pinellas County, downtown St. Petersburg and many of the former district’s Democratic parties end up in Florida’s 14th congressional district, represented by the U.S. Representative. Kathy Beavera Democrat from Tampa.

The result for CD 13? The neighborhood ranges from where Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election by 4 percentage points for a Republican seat donald trump won by 7 points.

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Jack L. Goldstein