Sumter County GOP Chairman Announces State House Bid

Temple of John

Sumter County Republican Party Chairman John Temple announced he would run for the new state House of Representatives District 52 seat representing Sumter and part of Hernando County.

“I am running for the Florida House of Representatives to continue to build on the conservative principles that have made our state great: a strong economy with well-paying jobs, a world-class education system that empowers parents and teachers and unwavering support for Law’s rule and our first responders and military. Florida leads the nation in protecting and expanding freedom. I want to serve the families of Sumter and Hernando to ensure that our conservative values ​​and voice are heard in Tallahassee,” Temple said.

Temple is a lifelong educator with over 23 years of experience. He began teaching math at McKeel Academy in Lakeland, before returning home to teach in Sumter County. After spending seven years in the classroom, he moved into school administration. He has served as Vice Principal, Principal, and is currently Director of Professional Learning and Accountability for Sumter County Schools.

Since 2018, Temple has served as chairman of the Sumter County Republican Party. He has attended and coordinated two visits by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and numerous visits by state officials.

John and Jessica, his wife, have just celebrated their 22nd birthday. They have two children who attend schools in Sumter County. Jenna, who is a senior in high school and Julia, who is in eighth grade. He and his family are members of Heritage Community Church, where he has volunteered in the children’s program and supports an annual men’s retreat as a small group facilitator.

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