Today, the Griff Griffitts for State Representative campaign announced the endorsement of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, a statewide elected official who is a member of the Florida Cabinet and overseas the financial affairs of the state. Patronis formerly served four terms as the State Representative for Bay County and then served as a Public Service Commissioner. He is a partner in the family-owned seafood restaurant Captain Anderson’s, a local favorite for over 50 years.
“I endorse Griff Griffitts for State Representative and look forward to working with him in the Florida Legislature,” said CFO Jimmy Patronis. “I’ve known Griff and his wife, Laura, for over 40 years and have tremendous respect for his family and their contributions to Bay County through the decades. Knowing them as well as I do gives me absolute confidence in Griff’s commitment to the community and his ability to make a difference through his strong conservative leadership.”
Griff Griffitts, the current County Commissioner for District 5, has previously served as Commissioner on the Panama City Beach Civil Service Board, the Bay County Planning Commission, and the Bay County Tourist Development Council. Griff is also a member of the Florida State-Panama City Foundation Development Board and has served as the Chairman of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the board of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.
“The support of CFO Patronis is a great honor to me personally and reflects positively on the work of our campaign,” said Commissioner Griff Griffitts. “His service for our community is unparalleled and, because he has already represented this district well, I know I can learn a lot from him. We are very proud to have a Bay County native in the Florida Cabinet, and I look forward to working with him in the years to come.”