FERNANDINA BEACH, FL – Fernandina Beach Mayor Johnny Miller has endorsed Joshua Hicks in his race for the Florida House of Representatives in District 11, which covers all of Nassau County and the Beaches area of Duval County.

Mayor Miller joins former Neptune Beach City Councilmember and Vice Mayor John Weldon, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried, and President Barack Obama in endorsing Joshua Hicks.

Fernandina Beach Mayor Johnny Miller issued the following statement on his endorsement:

“As a Navy veteran, former law enforcement officer, environmental and gun safety advocate, and Mayor of a coastal city, I am proud to endorse Joshua Hicks for the Florida House of Representatives in District 11. Joshua will show up every day for our servicemembers and veterans, prepare our community for rising sea levels, manage growth while preserving our small-town charm, and support common sense gun laws. One of the most important duties of any elected official is being accessible to constituents. I know Joshua will listen and place the people first on the policy decisions that will guide our future.”

Democratic candidate Joshua Hicks reacted to the endorsement:

“Mayor Johnny Miller has been a tireless advocate for his community in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, Fernandina Beach has been a state leader for environmental protections, gun safety laws, and striking the balance between growth and preservation. Mayor Miller is well known for his accessibility and ability to build broad support for policy initiatives – and those are the leadership traits I will bring to seek common ground in the Florida House. I’m honored to have Mayor Miller’s endorsement, and I look forward to representing Fernandina Beach in Tallahassee.”

Over the last fundraising period, Hicks outraised his opponent, incumbent State Representative Cord Byrd, and he has outraised Byrd nearly every filing period over the summer, which steadily chipped away at Byrd’s cash on hand advantage. Sensing the momentum and without any answers for his failures, Byrd has refused to participate in a public forum or answer for his support of QAnon and the Proud Boys.

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