As a business within our community and as representatives of our professional field, we do our best to remain apolitical as a matter of prudence and respect for others. While we do not make it a habit to endorse political candidates, there are sometimes rare exceptions to most rules. This is one of those exceptions. If you have a moment and live in St. Petersburg, I encourage you to read our statement regarding John's candidacy for the District One seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. Here is a link to his website: https://www.votehornbeck.com/
October 5, 2019
I would like to go on record to endorse John Hornbeck for City Council in the strongest possible terms. In full disclosure, I have been friends with John for over twenty-five years, but I cannot think of another individual who cares more about this city or his fellow citizens. John is the type of person who would give anyone the shirt off of his back and is never too busy to listen to the problems of others. He is a man of great faith who not only talks the talk but walks the walk by putting the well-being of others in front of his own.
Like most of us, John loves his family and friends unconditionally. What sets him apart, however, is his ability to empathize with others no matter where they are or where they have been, even when they direct their misplaced frustration at him. John has thick skin and is able to put any political leanings aside to see the issues facing our community clearly through lenses of justice, compassion, and logic without the partisanship that has seemingly permeated every level of politics facing our nation today.
Furthermore, John has consistently displayed a commitment to see resolution of an issue through where others may fall away. Nowhere is this more evident than through the faithful representation of his many clients who have sought his legal counsel in their hour of need. John is a man of great conviction, and he will not be easily distracted by the headlines of the day or swayed by the unceasing political wind-testing that many politicians engage in. As a small business owner, John also understands well the issues that other business owners within District One face on a daily basis.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, John has an exceptional ability to bridge differences between individuals through the authentic respect that he exhibits on an unending basis for every individual. This critical strength is likely the best tool anyone could ask for when it comes to doing what we ask our elected officials to do — getting on with the business of governing. These are just a sample of the many qualities that make John the best candidate to represent District One as the full list would fill pages.
Let your voice be heard, and vote for John!
Jonathan M. Ruiz