McClain Calls on Nelson to Support Gorsuch

The District 23 state representative says Gorsuch is an excellent Supreme Court nominee and Senator Bill Nelson should put politics aside and vote to confirm him.

February 20, 2017

OCALA, Fla. — Today, State Representative Stan McClain made the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch: "President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is an outstanding candidate for our nation’s highest court. He is widely respected on both sides of the aisle, and I urge Senator Bill Nelson to vote to confirm him. "In the decade since Nelson and his Senate colleagues unanimously confirmed Judge Gorsuch for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he has earned a reputation as a fair-minded jurist, committed to faithfully upholding the Constitution. His record and his public statements demonstrate that he understands the proper role of the judiciary: to interpret the law, not make it. His understanding of and dedication to the separation of powers makes him exactly the kind of justice the Supreme Court needs. "I understand the pressures of politics, and I imagine Senator Nelson and his Democratic colleagues are getting an earful from various interest groups. In this case, however, I hope he will put politics aside and come together with his colleagues on the other side of the aisle to confirm this superb candidate for our nation’s highest court."


Carey Baker Endorses Stan McClain

The Lake County Property Appraiser and former Florida Senator believes McClain's conservative leadership is needed in Tallahassee.

January 8, 2016

OCALA, Fla. — Today, the Stan McClain Campaign announced the endorsement of Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker, who also served in the Florida House and Senate. McClain is seeking the District 23 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Dennis Baxley, who is running for the Florida Senate. "Stan McClain is a principled and thoughtful man of strong conservative convictions, which makes him exactly the kind of legislator we need in Tallahassee,” said Baker. “His time on the Marion County Commission has been characterized by effective, servant leadership and commitment to his constituents, and there is no doubt in my mind that he would take those same qualities to the Florida House." Baker was elected to his current post of Lake County Property Appraiser in 2012. In 2000, he was elected to the Florida House, was re-elected in 2002, and was elected to the Florida Senate in a special election in 2004. He was re-elected to that office twice. After serving for 31 years, Baker retired from the Army National Guard in 2013. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first state or federal elected official to serve while in office. At 18, he began work in his family business, the A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, the oldest gun shop in the United States. “Carey Baker is one of our area’s great leaders, and his service to our community, state, and nation has been exemplary,” said McClain. “I am so honored to have his support, and I look forward to working with him and building on the great conservative leadership he provided in Tallahassee.”


McClain Continues Strong Fundraising

The candidate has surpassed the $50,000 mark in his bid for the House District 23 seat.

October 16, 2015

OCALA, Fla. — Today, the Stan McClain Campaign announced that it has raised more than $50,000 for his bid to represent the 23rd District in the Florida House of Representatives. He banked $3,000 in September, bringing his total amount raised to $51,550. The seat is currently held by Dennis Baxley, who is seeking the District 5 seat in the Florida Senate. “We continue to be encouraged by the increasing support for our campaign,” said McClain. “We believe our conservative values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and lower taxes resonate with the folks in our community, and I am very grateful for everyone who is helping us take that message to Tallahassee.” In addition to reaching this significant fundraising milestone, McClain has an impressive list of endorsements, including former House Speaker Larry Cretul, State Representative Charlie Stone, and fellow County Commissioners Carl Zalak and Kathy Bryant.


Stan McClain Posts Strong Early Fundraising Numbers

The Marion County Commissioner raises over $30,000 in first month of race for House District 23.

March 11, 2015

OCALA, Fla. — Today, the Stan McClain campaign announced that it has raised $31,900, showing strong, early support in the race to replace Rep. Dennis Baxley, who is running for the Florida Senate. “We are very encouraged by the support we've received throughout the community,” said McClain, who has not drawn any opposition for this seat. “Our conservative message of economic growth and fiscal responsibility is resonating with the people in District 23.” In addition to strong fundraising, McClain’s campaign is also bolstered by a long list of endorsements, from numerous Marion County elected officials and community leaders, including former Speaker of the House Larry Cretul and State Representative Charlie Stone. McClain has announced a platform of keeping taxes low and making sure Marion County’s economic future is strong. He emphasizes that his experience as a small businessman and local elected official make him uniquely qualified to take the values of hard work and freedom to Tallahassee.



County Commissioner Kathy Bryant lists Stan McClain's consistent conservative record on economic and seniors issues as reasons for support.

February 25, 2015

OCALA, Fla. — Today, Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant endorsed Stan McClain’s candidacy for State House District 23. Bryant becomes the latest in a long and growing list of Marion County leaders to support McClain. “Stan McClain is the right conservative leader for House District 23,” Bryant said. “For years now I’ve watched Stan fight hard to protect our jobs, our students, and our seniors living on fixed incomes.” Bryant has served on the Marion County Commission since she was elected in 2010. A former realtor who was re-elected to a second term last year, she currently serves as Vice Chair of the Commission. Like McClain, she has consistently supported economic development and low taxes. “Stan’s record proves that he has a strong belief that a limited government is a good government,” Bryant added. “I’m so pleased to have Kathy Bryant’s support,” McClain said. “I look forward to continue working with her and other Marion County leaders to advance a strong conservative agenda in Tallahassee that will protect our values and promote our growing economy.”


Zalak Endorses McClain for State Representative

County Commissioner Carl Zalak praises Stan McClain's record on fiscal issues and pledges to continue working together on Marion County priorities.

February 18, 2015

OCALA, Fla. — Today, Marion County Commissioner Carl Zalak III endorsed Stan McClain in the race to become the State Representative for House District 23 in Florida. Zalak's support further consolidates Marion County behind McClain, as he joins numerous other community leaders, including former House Speaker Larry Cretul and State Representative Charlie Stone, in backing the third-term County Commissioner. "As I have served up close with this dedicated leader of Marion County, I have seen a real fiscal conservative, a passionate believer in the natural resources that make our community great, and a businessman who understands the proper role of government," said Zalak. Like McClain, Zalak is also a Marion County businessman. He was first elected to the District 4 County Commission seat in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. McClain has served on the Marion County Commission since he was elected in 2004. "Stan McClain has a heart for Marion County," Zalak added. "It is a rare privilege to stand with a truly good man worthy of the calling to public service." "It is an honor for me to serve with Carl Zalak on our County Commission, and it is an honor for me to have his support as I seek to serve our community in the House of Representatives," said McClain. "I look forward to continuing to work with the Marion County Commission as we strengthen Florida's economy and protect conservative values for Florida families."


Stan McClain Launches Campaign for State House

The three-term Marion County Commissioner pledges fiscal responsibility and conservative values in his campaign to succeed Rep. Dennis Baxley.

February 4, 2015

OCALA, Fla. — Today, Stan McClain announced his candidacy for State Representative. McClain, a three-term Marion County Commissioner and small businessman, is pledging to run on a platform of fiscal responsibility, economic growth, and conservative values. Among his highest priorities is insuring the clean water of Florida for future generations. "I believe in Marion County, and I believe in Florida," said Commissioner McClain. "This central part of Florida is the backbone of our state. We are hard working families who want to build and grow, and we haven't forgotten the place that our values have in making our community strong. I want to do everything I can to make Florida the safest and most prosperous state in America." McClain is running for District 23, which will be vacated by respected legislator Dennis Baxley, who is running for the State Senate in 2016. District 23 is contained within the eastern half of Marion County. It is the largest House district in Marion and the only one that does not overlap with another county. "Stan McClain has a track record of excellence," said local businessman and Chamber leader Ken Ausley. "As a county commissioner, he outlined a plan for prosperity that included less taxes and less regulation, and the entire business community will be glad to see him take that same vision to the state legislature." Former Speaker of the House and local businessman Larry Cretul added: "Stan McClain has broad support in our community because he works hard, takes service seriously, and never stopped listening. I'm happy to be supporting him out of the gate in this new leadership endeavor." And finally, State Representative Charlie Stone also stated: "I know Stan to be an authentic conservative who is not going to be swayed by political expediency. I'm glad to add my early support to his campaign." McClain's candidacy will focus on bringing together the small business and community leaders in Marion County to maintain a strong leadership place in Florida's economic future. McClain expressed deep appreciation to this early support from the local community: "Ausley, Cretul, and Stone have been forces for strength in Marion County, and I will lean on them heavily for counsel during this campaign and in future service. I'm excited about this campaign. We will win, and we will move Florida forward."