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Dear Guest,

State Senate Candidate Forum

It's election season! Hear State Senate Candidate Michael Johnson and Senator Jim Boyd at our State Senate Forum during the next Manatee Patriots Meeting, Tuesday, August 9 at 6pm.

From the "We Just Couldn't Help Ourselves!" department, we thought we would share the deliciously funny meme below:

As we have reported in earlier newsletters, Manatee Patriots has released a list of endorsed candidates. To see the list simply click on the button below:

We wish to thank Tania Gorman for her fantastic presentation on BLEXIT - Minority Outreach at our last meeting. For those of you who might have missed Tania, we have posted her presentation on the Downloads page of our website. To go there now, simply click on the button below:

A gentle reminder: the Snack Bar is in desperate need of hot and cold drink cups. Please remember to bring some with you during our next meeting. Thanks in advance.

Read on to be informed about important events and simple actions you can take to make a difference.

In this Email

  • Speaker Bios
  • Reminder: Manatee County Logic and Accuracy (L&A) Test.
  • US Postal Service Makes Announcement on Mail-In Ballots Ahead of Midterm Elections.
  • A Letter of Encouragement from the Center for Renewing America
  • Help the Manatee County REC Get Out the (Early) Vote.
  • Candidate Meet and Greet Announced by the Manatee County Young Republicans.
  • Sign Up for the Florida Fair Elections Coalition Brown Bag Lunch.
  • Constitution Day Breakfast Hosted by the Florida Republican Liberty Caucus.

Next Meeting Details

What: State Senate Forum

When: Tuesday, August 9 at 6pm

Where: Mixon Fruit Farms

             2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208


Speaker Bios

Michael Johnson

State Senate Candidate District 22

Mike Grew up on farm in the Midwest. Joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Served in the Army Security Agency. Top Secret Clearance. After being Honorably discharged from the Army, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served in a Military Intelligence Voice Intercept SCIP. 

He Graduated from Southern Illinois University and earned a Master’s Degree with honors from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Mike worked for 2 major international corporations and then was tapped to work with the Defense Department. His career spanned 33 years working in different positions within the DoD’s Fourth Estate Agencies making him eligible to serve in Senior Executive Service positions. He was drafted to work on President Reagan’s efforts to cut Government waste with David Stockman. His different positions and Agencies he worked for lead him to lead teams of professionals who assessed, awarded, oversee, successfully deliver and sometimes shut down various programs of businesses located all over the United States and the world. 

Mike attended the Defense Acquisition University and became an Advanced Program Manager and a member of the esteemed Acquisition Corps as a Senior DOD Leader. 

He was responsible for overseeing multi-billion-dollar programs and testified in hearings that resulted in wasteful programs being shut down. He also was instrumental in writing regulations to cut out waste in the Federal Government.

Mr. Johnson earned certifications from the Harvard law School, Program on Negotiations where international students from governments around the world and United States attended to work on treaties, International and National programs. 

Mike earned Meritorious achievement awards, Agency Employee of the year, and numerous other awards for service and performance before honorably retiring. 

Mike now is enjoying his grandchildren and children and is a strong activist in making government work for the people and is a grassroots organizer to get more people involved in getting the right laws and individuals in office. 

Mr. Johnson has been to Tallahassee many times to get bills introduced and revised and pushed through to become law over the past three years. 

Mike is a widower, has 2 children and his son is currently serving overseas for the Special Operations Command, and has two beautiful grandchildren. And is a resident of Sarasota. 

The future is ours to keep safe for them. 

State Senator Jim Boyd District 20

Jim Boyd was elected to the Florida Senate in 2020 and is currently running to represent the newly redrawn Senate District 20. His district encompasses Manatee County and a portion of Hillsborough County. Prior to being elected to the Florida Senate, Senator Boyd served 8 years in the Florida House of Representatives. Senator Boyd owns and operates Boyd Insurance and Investment Services with his son, Austin. 

As a Bradenton small business owner and life-long resident of Manatee County, his commitment to this area is well established. Boyd has a long history of public service. He was first elected to the Palmetto City Council in 1989 and went on to serve as the city’s mayor and vice mayor. He also served as fire commissioner for the North River Fire District and as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. 

Boyd also hails from a political family, his uncle, Wilbur Boyd, served in the Florida House and Senate in the 1960s and 1970s, and his grandfather, Hugh E. Boyd, served in the Florida House in the 1940s. Boyd currently serves on the Manatee Memorial Board of Governors, Enterprise Florida Board of Directors, as well as the Seminole Boosters Board. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1978. Jim and his wife of 37 years, Sandy, live in Bradenton. Their adult children, Ansley and Austin, both reside in Manatee County with their families.


Reminder:  Manatee County Logic and Accuracy (L&A) Test 


Supervisor of Election Mike Bennet reminds us that the Logic and Accuracy Test for the August 23, 2022 Primary Election will be conducted on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 9:00 am.

All Canvassing Board Meetings will take place at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108 Bradenton FL 34205 and in accordance with the Florida Sunshine Law are open to the public.


from The Epoch Times

US Postal Service Makes Announcement on Mail-In Ballots Ahead of Midterm Elections



Here we go again.  In an effort to lull the electorate into a false sense of security, the US Postal Service recently created  special "election mail strike teams" to assist during the midterm elections.  We are not buying it.  In fact, the Election Integrity Action Team will be contacting local postmasters to better understand the process of how undeliverable mail-in ballots are handled.  If you are interested in learning more, join us for the Election Integrity Action Team meeting held immediately after the State Senate Candidate Forum.  

It should be noted that one of the major provisions of the recently past SB524 requires the Department of State to make specified reports regarding investigations of election law violations and to submit a plan to use identifying numbers to confirm the identity of each elector returning a vote-by-mail ballot.  We are hopeful that Secretary Byrd is diligently pursuing this requirement.

To read the full article, kindly click on the button below.


from Michelle Martin

A Letter of Encouragement from the Center for Renewing America



The news can get discouraging. Between the behemoth bills to the vulgar violations to our liberties, it can be tempting to give up.

So I'm writing with some good news.

Many of you know I'm the Director of the State of Florida for Citizens Renewing America." CRA is a nonprofit whose goal is just as it sounds: to connect citizens who love America so we can RENEW a consensus among the people that our country and liberties are worth defending. 

I just received an email from the founder of CRA, and I hope you'll be as encouraged as I was while reading it. 

In Liberty,

Read the email

PS: If you read that email and felt encouraged, I want to invite you to join CRA's weekly "Intelligence Briefing" every Thursday at 5p. This is an invite-only, national phone call where you'll hear what's happening behind-the-scenes in DC. Armed with this insider intel, you'll be better informed on how to talk about current issues--and how to pressure your Reps to address policy from an America First perspective. If you want to be on the Thursday Call, please email me at"


Help the Manatee County REC Get Out the (Early) Vote.


The Manatee County REC will be managing a tent at each of the 5 Early Voting Centers during the Early Voting cycle to provide information to voters, candidates palm cards and encouraging voters.  All Manatee County registered Republicans are invited to lend assistance in this effort.

Early voting starts on August 13 and concludes on August 20.  If you are interested in helping out at any of the 5 early voting locations, you are asked to click the button below to sign up.  Time slots are available in 2-hour increments. 

We appreciate your support!


Candidate Meet and Greet Announced by the Manatee County Young Republicans.

Whether you are a Young Republican or simply "young at heart", you are cordially invited to attend a Candidate Meet & Greet on Wednesday, August 17 starting at 6:30pm.  The event will be held at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and is free to the general public.  This is a great opportunity to meet your Republican candidates right before the important August 23 Primary Election.  To RSVP go to  We hope to see you there!


Sign Up for Florida Fair Elections Brown Bag Lunch


Florida Fair Elections Coalition (FFEC) is a group dedicated to improving the election system in the state of Florida.  This active group hosts a weekly Zoom meeting to discuss important topics related to Election Integrity.  The list of speakers include subject matter experts from across the country and their discussions provide deep insights into our elections system.  The meetings are held Thursday at noon.  In order to participate you are asked to complete a short form, the link for which is provided below.  Once complete, you will receive a Zoom meeting link directly from the organizers.  So sign up today and learn how you can help improve our election systems!  Click the button below to go to the form.


Constitution Day Breakfast Hosted by the Florida Republican Liberty Caucus

Our friend Kevin Wright reminds us that the Manatee County Republican Liberty Caucus will host a breakfast celebrating Constitution Day on Saturday, September 24th. To purchase tickets, click on the image below or click the convenient button. 10% of revenue will be donated to support the Florida Republican Liberty Caucus.

And remember, the August 18 meeting is free to the public.  See details below.



An Informed Citizenry is the best weapon against Tyranny!

Now more than ever, Conservatives need to be organized and informed.  There still remains a number of Manatee Patriots subscribers missing vital information. So we are providing a link so that you can update your information in order for us to keep you informed on important issues, meetings, and events.  To do so, simply click this link