Vennia Francois (R-FL), who filed for State House 44 (currently proposed HD 45) four months ago, has seen massive gains in her campaign after making her way on the ballot. This includes $110,000 in total fundraising, with $30,000 alone from a December event.
“I could not be more grateful or proud of our success in such a short period of time,” stated Francois. “My
supporters, volunteers and my campaign team are the best.”
Francois worked for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez as a policy advisor and then later at the U.S. SEC in consumer protection against fraudulent and deceptive financial practices. Francois now works at a large Orlando law firm in commercial transactions and serves on multiple non-profit boards, including Matthew’s Hope, Downtown Arts District, Orlando World Live, and the Civil Rights Studies Alliance.
In 2020, Francois was the Republican nominee in Florida's 10th Congressional District.
Francois credits her motivation for running was, "to improve the lives of people and to strengthen community,” stated Francois. “I also want to add my support to Governor DeSantis’ fight of protecting our citizens from the overreach of Washington, DC."
Ten Republican Mayors and City Council members have endorsed the State House hopeful, including, Winter Garden Mayor John Rees, Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, Windermere former Mayor Gary Bruhn, Belle Isle Mayor Nick Fouraker, and Edgewood Mayor John Dowless. City Council members include Winter Garden Commissioners Lisa Bennett, Mark Maciel, and Windermere Council Members Loren “Andy” Williams and Tony Davit.
Francois responded to her quickly mounting endorsements, stating, "I am honored to receive the endorsements of these ten leaders and elected city officials who live and work in Orange County. Along with the residents of West Orange and Osceola, they will be able to count on me to fight for our conservative values and work every day to make our community the best place to live and work."