Republican Kevin Hayslett Establishes Key Local Support in FL-13

Hayslett Announces Endorsements from Belleair Bluffs Mayor and Clearwater City Councilmember

Clearwater, FL – Today, Kevin Hayslett announced endorsements from Belleair Bluffs Mayor Chris Arbutine and Clearwater Councilmember Hoyt Hamilton in his race for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Hayslett, a local business owner and former prosecutor, entered the race last month and continues to build momentum in one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country, seen as key to flipping the House of Representatives to a Republican majority.

Mayor Arbutine is the longest serving Mayor in Pinellas County and Councilmember Hamilton is a local business owner from the second largest city in FL-13, who won reelection with 79% of the vote in 2018. These endorsements build on Hayslett’s widespread local support and show his momentum in the race for FL-13 as a political outsider and Trump Republican. 

“Kevin Hayslett is the obvious and clear choice to represent our community in Congress. He is a pragmatic conservative who understands what it will take to stand up to an overreaching, out of control Biden Administration trying to tell Floridians how to live their lives,” stated Mayor Chris Arbutine, who had previously endorsed another candidate in this race. “Kevin is the only candidate in the race we can trust to stand with law enforcement, support small businesses, secure our border, and take on a radical Biden-Pelosi agenda crushing our economy.”

Just one month into his campaign, Hayslett has already made a splash in the Republican primary when he announced endorsements from Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former Sheriff Jim Coats, firmly establishing himself as law enforcement’s choice for Congress. 

“I’m honored to have endorsements from such important local leaders in Pinellas County,” stated Kevin Haysett. “I entered this race as a political outsider running to fix the disastrous direction Joe Biden is taking our country and I’m overwhelmed by the support I have received the first few weeks of this campaign. Our community knows we need new leadership in D.C. and I’m excited to be that leader for Pinellas County.”