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State race for District 76 seat to feature Republican primary

By Staff | Aug 11, 2020

The Florida House of Representatives District 76 race will appear on the Aug. 18 Primary Election ballot – for voters who have registered their party affiliation as Republican – and on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot.

The primary in August has two Republican candidates: Adam Botana and Jason R. Maughan. The top Republican vote-getter will advance to the General Election and face Democrat Anselm Weber.

Florida is a closed primary election state. As such, only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates or nominees for an office during a primary election.


– Adam Botana


Seat sought/district: Florida State House District 76

Party: Republican

The paper did not receive the candidate’s information forms prior to press time.

– Jason R. Maughan

Seat sought/district: Florida State House District 76


Party: Republican

Age: 49

Education/degrees: Bishop Verot High School, Fort Myers, 1989; B.A in Political Science from Stetson University, 1993; Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Gonzaga University School of Law, 1996; and Masters of Law (LLM) from the University of Dublin, 1998

Occupation and place of employment: Attorney and business owner of Maughan, Himschoot & Adams Law Group; and Councilmember, City of Sanibel (unpaid)

Time in the district in which you are running; years of residency in Lee County: 35 years

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking:

Maughan Himschoot & Adams Law Group – started the business myself from the ground up in 2004 where I handle commercial, construction, corporate, and real estate litigation. Further I handle all issues of management including budget, finance, and outreach.

– Named Best Attorney and Law Firm 16 times on Sanibel and Captiva

– Florida Super Lawyer (top 5 percent in Florida)

– Provides over $100K of pro-bono legal work per year

– 2006 National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Businessman of the Year; NRCC Congressional Medal of Distinction

– Lawyer for the largest real estate group in Southwest Florida

Various board of directors positions with budgetary experience (see below).

Political experience/offices held:

2017-Present Councilmember, City of Sanibel

– Florida League of Cities (FLC) Legislative Committee on Finance, Taxation and Personnel

– Liaison to Lee County School District

– General Employee Pension Board

– Police Officers’ Board of Trustee

Planning & Zoning Commissioner, City of Sanibel, two terms

Civic/community involvement: Scoutmaster for Sanibel Scout Troop 1740; former board of director and general counsel at Community Housing Resources; Lifetime Benefactor Member of the NRA; former board of director Coast & Island Community Land Trust; volunteer and board member at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW); supporter and former board member of Children’s Education Center of the Islands; volunteer and supporter of Med Vets Charitable Foundation; president of Sanibel School Fund; supporter and former board member of the Southwest Florida Military Museum; coached youth soccer, tee-ball and soccer; supporter of Captains for Clean Water; supporter of Law Enforcement’s Law & Order Ball; supporter and member of Saint Isabel Catholic Church; supporter and host committee member of the Honor Ball Benefiting the Collier-Lee Honor Flight; supporter of Hope Clubhouse; and supporter of Sanibel Community House

Family: Married to my wife of 25 years, Babs; with 13-year-old son, Ronan.

Military Experience: No


Planks of your platform: Support President Donald Trump and his agenda – Supporting conservative principles such as reducing taxing and spending, reducing burdensome regulations, protecting the unborn, and bringing back manufacturing jobs from China. Reignite our economy and get people back to work – We must promote shop local, in state tourism, and protect local businesses from outside businesses that don’t pay sales tax. Fight for clean water – Expedite water quality projects, encourage septic to sewer infrastructure and send the water south from Lake Okeechobee to restore the natural flow to the Everglades. Immigration – We must defend our borders and never allow citizenship to be devalued by sanctuary cities. Protect the 2nd Amendment – As a lifetime NRA benefactor member, I will never let anyone threaten our Constitutional right to bear arms.

Why you are running: I have a duty and debt to the community that raised me, supports my family, and that has provided a successful economy for my business. In turn, I will get actual results for our community just as I have as a businessman, in the community, and as a council member.

Top three issues: Supporting the Trump agenda; reigniting our economy and getting people back to work; and ensuring clean water


– Anselm Weber

Seat sought/district: Florida House District 76

Party: Democrat

Age: 24

Education/degrees: History, minor in philosophy, from Florida Gulf Coast University

Occupation and place of employment: Field representative for Progressive Turnout Project

Time in the district in which you are running; years of residency in Lee County:

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking:

Political experience/offices held: N/A

Civic/community involvement: Former organizer for Nextgen America, former president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University, partake in peaceful protests in Fort Myers and affiliate of the Campaign Workers’ Guild

Family: Father is Mark Weber, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Tampa and the State College of Florida

Military Experience: N/A

Website: www.anselmweberstatehouse76.com

Planks of your platform: Green jobs program, minimum wage = living wage, end right to work, expand affordable and public housing, and state-single payer healthcare plan for Florida

Why you are running: Environmental degradation, low wages, lack of unions, increase in price of housing and lack of quality healthcare

Top three issues: Clean water, ending mass pollution, living wage, and universal healthcare

All biographic information has been provided by the candidates.