October 24, 2021

Jay Fant leads Paul Renner by double-digits in GOP primary for HD 15

Jay Fant leads Paul Renner by double-digits in GOP primary for HD 15

Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant leads attorney Paul Renner in the GOP primary for the race to replace term-limited Rep. Daniel Davis, according to the latest poll of likely voters from StPetePolls.

Fant, a former chair of the First Guaranty Bank and Trust Co., has a 24-point advantage over Renner, a South Florida state attorney and Navy veteran in the August 26 primary for the House District 15 seat, which covers much of Duval County.

In the July 15 poll of 151 registered Republican voters in HD 15, commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, Fant gets 48 percent, with Renner receiving 24 percent; just over 28 percent of respondents are still undecided.

The poll was an automated phone call polling system using randomly selected registered Republicans in House District 15.Only those voters saying they were planning to cast a ballot were included in the results.

With a sample size of 151 voters, the survey has a +/- 8.0 percent margin of error, with 95 percent confidence level.

Jay Fant’s strong ties to Jacksonville began when his grandfather’s family moved to the city in 1920. Jay’s father and grandfather have been local business and civic leaders, with both having served in elected office. In 1947, the family started First Guaranty Bank, one of the oldest banks in the city. In 1994, Jay was elected to serve on the board and led the company with his father through 2012. Jay has done much to continue the family tradition of investing in the community. He has been involved with many different organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Healthy U Now Foundation, Rotary, and the Florida Bankers Association. Jay and his wife, Lauren, have two sons and two daughters. They attend St. Johns Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, he coaches little league baseball and basketball.

Paul M. Renner was raised in Jacksonville and is an AV-rated attorney and partner at Milam Howard, representing a number of Northeast Florida businesses.  He began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney, during which he prosecuted serious felony offenses. Paul is a member of the Leadership Broward, Class XX; Chairman, Florida Republican National Lawyers’ Association (2010); Co-Chair, Civic Affairs Committee; Southside Business Men’s Club (2012; Chair, 2009-2010); Board Member, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, NE FL Chapte.  He was a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves and served in Operation Desert Storm Persian Gulf, 1991 and Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, 2011

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