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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced 26 new endorsements from Iowans on Friday. The announcement comes just two days after the first Republican Party debate, which took place in Milwaukee.

Former Republican Party of Iowa co-chair Cody Hoefert announced his endorsement at a Never Back Down PAC event in Rock Rapids. Hoefert said during the debate DeSantis talked about leadership and what he would do to deliver and fix the problems facing our nation.

“And I sat there with my wife and kids watching that debate and made up my mind that night that I was going to come out and endorse Ron DeSantis for president of the United States,” Hoefert said.

The full list of new endorsements for DeSantis is below:

  • Adair – Former Rep. Clel Baudler, Former State Representative   
  • Adair – Sheriff Jeff Vandewater, Adair County Sheriff   
  • Benton – Brenda Sandburg, Benton County GOP Secretary   
  • Black Hawk – Craig Lohmann, Black Hawk County GOP Chair   
  • Black Hawk – Margaret Klein, Former City Councilwoman, Mayoral Candidate and Black Hawk County GOP Treasurer   
  • Black Hawk – Steve Schmitt, Former Waterloo City Council and Former Black Hawk County GOP Chairman   
  • Bremer – Charlie Albrecht, Retired Farmer   
  • Bremer- Adam Hoffman, Bremer County Treasurer 
  • Buchanan – Dr. Kendall Kurt, Co-Chair of Buchanan County Conservatives   
  • Cedar – Sheriff Warren Wethington, Cedar County Sheriff   
  • Clayton – Sheriff Mike Tschirgi, Clayton County Sheriff   
  • Delaware – Terry Griffith, Delaware County GOP Co-Chair   
  • Dubuque – Jeff Durham, Retired Navy Chief   
  • Grundy – Lucas Halverson, Grundy County Supervisor   
  • Hardin – Roger Sutton, Hardin County GOP  
  • Johnson – Karen Fesler, Longtime Republican activist  
  • Linn – Barrett Hubbard, Linn County GOP Co-Chair   
  • Lyon – Cody Hoefert, Former Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chair   
  • Mitchell – Elijah Bluhm, Former Mitchell County GOP Chair   
  • Polk – Autumn Enabnit, Longtime Republican activist  
  • Polk – Whitney Smith McIntosh, Southeast Polk County School Board   
  • Poweshiek – Jacki Bolen, Mayor of Montezuma, Poweshiek County GOP Co-Chair   
  • Poweshiek – Sandy Ross, Poweshiek County Treasurer   
  • Story – Scott Henry, Longview Farms   
  • Tama – Gwendy Doland, Mental Health Therapist and Business Owner  
  • Tama- Al Schafbuch, Farmer 

DeSantis has endorsement from 40 state lawmakers and 120 county-level chairs.



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