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Emily Nunez, a local political activist, declared she was going to run against State House Rep. Cord Byrd (R) in a primary last week. See her website here.

She has been highly engaged on her social media platforms and is well known in the Republican activist world in North Florida.

Today FloridaPolitics.com announced Ms. Nunez’ campaign was “skirting campaign laws” on her website. Their statement is noted below and is taken from FloridaPolitics.com:

HD 11 candidate’s campaign website skirts election rules — Republican Emily Nunez launched a primary campaign against incumbent Rep. Cord Byrd this week, but her fundraising operation is raising eyebrows. Nunez, an acolyte of Rep. Anthony Sabatini, set up a campaign website that does not include campaign disclosure information required by the state Division of Elections. Additionally, the website directs supporters to donate to a political committee, “Conservative Leadership Coalition,” a practice that runs afoul of state elections law. Sources tell Florida Politics that Jacksonville attorney and former Duval County Judge Jerilynn O’Hara plans to file a complaint against Nunez with the state Commission on Ethics and Division of Elections.

Eye contacted former Duval County Judge Jerilynn O’Hara and she said she became aware of this issue when she saw a post on social media. That post has since been deleted.

Ms. O’Hara did say she was bothered by this error in judgment. She stated, “Republicans stand for the rule of law including all election laws.  I ran for an elected office many years ago and I understand basically the rules of the game of running for office.  You need to know the rules if you are going to run for office.”

Eye reached out to Ms. Nunez for a comment and we have not heard back.

Running for office is a major decision and should never be taken lightly. The first order of business would be to make sure you have the right people around you to ensure you are doing all things right according to the law. That is what good leaders do.

Evidently Ms. Nunez has some bad advisors or she is blind to what the law says. Either way – this is worrisome for someone who wants to hold political office.

America has had enough of sloppy politics and sloppy politicians. They play politics with our welfare and we’ve had enough of that game.

Henceforth we should demand and vote for only those who behave like statesmen or stateswomen in this next round of the political season of our lives.

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Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives

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