Republican Party of Florida Project 29

Project 29: The road to the White House

Special to The Tampa Tribune 

Published: May 23, 2015

The road to the White House goes through Florida, and that means it goes through each one of us. Voters across our great state get to play a key role in electing the next president of the United States. Moms and dads, students and recent grads, hardworking employees and job seekers all alike will have the opportunity to decide which candidate has the leadership and plan for our country.

This is why the Republican Party of Florida is committed to having an open conversation on our vision of a better future for all people through greater opportunity, economic growth and individual empowerment.

At our recent spring quarterly meeting, I introduced our plan for 2016: Project 29. Our first goal of Project 29 will be to fully engage with all communities, Hispanics and African-Americans, seniors and millennials, students and taxpayers, to talk about the issues facing our nation.

Project 29 will help shape how our party operates during the 2016 elections, and it is my hope that these changes will make a lasting impression on our state.

We are not only fighting for Florida’s 29 electoral votes, but we are fighting to keep control of Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, increase Florida’s Congressional majority and maintain majorities in the Florida House and Senate.

Our Party will accomplish these goals by being present and embedded in communities where we have been absent in the past. We plan to engage with churches and faith leaders, local community leaders and organizations. We plan to have one-on-one conversations about the future of our economy and discuss your concerns and ideas for the future of our country.

A key part of our plan is to provide support for local races in addition to moving back toward the grass roots by opening Victory Offices throughout the state.

Florida will now be the first winner-take-all primary in the country, ensuring that all presidential campaigns will have to spend a considerable amount of time in our neighborhoods speaking to Floridians from Pensacola to Key West and everywhere in-between.

Our party is going to be called on to do more than ever before. We’re going to knock on more doors. We’re going to make more phone calls. We’re going to reach out to voters that may never have heard from us before. I know that Republicans in this state are ready to hear your opinion and talk about our future.

The Democratic Party believes it is ready for Hillary Clinton, but I can promise it that it won’t be nearly as ready as we will. From being embedded early on in all communities to building up the technology infrastructure needed for digital outreach, our party will be ready to play a key role on the national stage.

Project 29 is not just about outcomes, but changing the way our party engages with communities as well. With the launch of our new website, Florida.GOP, we are fulfilling our commitment to modernize the way we engage with voters across the state. As we prepare our path to victory in 2016, this new website provides a digital platform to interact with voters and empower volunteers with the tools they need to be effective

We now have a clear road map with Project 29, and if we work hard and spread our message I know we can be successful. Florida’s 29 electoral votes can only be delivered by the voters of Florida. We need to make sure that we make our votes count. Florida will decide the next President of the United States, and our Party will make sure Project 29 is successful.

Blaise Ingoglia is the chairman of the Florida Republican Party.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia