Joe Gruters wants to continue party focus on voter registration

Joe Gruters made clear Thursday night he plans to seek a second term as state chair of the Republican Party of Florida.

While a formal announcement is still forthcoming, when asked on an RPOF conference call if he wanted to stay around another two years, the Sarasota Republican answered in the affirmative.

“As I look back in 2016 when I became the Trump co-chairman for the state of Florida,” Gruters told state committee members, “it has been an honor of a lifetime to serve in this capacity as Chairman of the party since 2018. This has been an absolutely incredible ride.”

He separately spoke to Florida Politics about the party’s success during his two-year tenure:

FP: What do you think you achieved as party chair? What still needs to be done?

Joe Gruters: We’ve cut voter registration down to about 134,000. That’s the lowest it’s ever been. The goal now is to put Florida red in terms of our voter registration. We obviously produced and put Florida solidly in the red column, at least for the cycle. However, based on 2018, we still have to work hard every cycle. Number two, we’ve got two elections

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