Putnam County Florida


Republicans at the Local Level

The MISSION of the REC is to increase Republican registration in Putnam County and to promote an informed electorate through political education.

We also work to foster loyalty to the Republican Party and increase public awareness of the Putnam Republican Executive Committee and Republican clubs.

Most importantly, we seek qualified candidates who support the Republican philosophy and goals.  We work hard to ensure voters have enough information to make wise choices in the primaries.

We promote the election of all Republican candidates in the General Election.

I Believe… The proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

I Believe… Good government is based upon the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom, and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

I Believe… The free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

I Believe… Sound money management should be our goal.

I Believe… In equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

I Believe… We must retain those principles of the past worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.

I Believe… That Americans value, and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace, freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

I Believe… The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

The  Putnam Republican Executive Committee does not have a list of policy positions independent of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

We are asking users of the website who are registered Putnam voters to take a survey to identify what local issues they feel are most important.

The survey uses the wording in the Republican Party Platform to describe issues important at the local level.


Here is a list a few of us have come up with for this survey.  We would love feedback on both the list and how best to present it.  Use the Contact Us form to submit suggestions.

  • governmental transparency: ease of using services and resident involvement in decision making
  • budget process: early resident/elected official involvement; bureaucracy responsive to questions/concerns;  clear presentation to residents
  • Better Place fund use: a description of how it’s used now, how many years left, decision making process
  • Future growth: impact fees for developers, Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBUs), utility expansion plans
  • State/fed mandates: laws impacting the ability of local elected representatives to do their jobs (examples?)
  • State/fed bailouts: how the funds are determined, spent, red tape costs, strings attached (examples?)
  • School issues: parental choice, school board decisions, school closings, new schools planned, busing
  • Chamber of Commerce: power in decision making, special privileges
  • Law enforcement: too much, too little, just right in your neighborhood?
  • Transportation: increased paving, increased maintenance, increased population pressures
  • Taxes: reduce services due to increasing costs, or what taxes to increase at what level if not?
  • Reducing the power, size, and cost of local government in a time of high inflation: what do we need vs what do we want

The Putnam Republican Executive Committee (REC) does not have a goals/strategies plan independent of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

We are asking users of the website who are registered Putnam County voters to take a survey to identify what local actions (in line with Republican values) they would like to see implemented in the upcoming election cycle.

History of Putnam County’s Republican Party

All Constitutional Officers in Putnam County are Republicans.  This has been a recent development, as the County voted mostly Democrat until ?

I’m new here, and I think it will be hard to find an article about this.  Need someone to write it or I’ll interview someone who knows but doesn’t want to write.


The survey is still under construction.  Click the button below to view the draft.



District 1County Commissioner
Larry Pickens

County Commissioner Bill Pickens

A brief bio statement

District 2 County Commissioner
Jeff Rawls

District 3 County Commissioner
Terry Turner

County Commissioner Terry Turner

Brief bio

District 4 County Commissioner
Larry Harvey

District 5 County Commissioner
Paul Adamczyk

Attorney General Ashley Moody

Clerk of Courts & Comptroller
Matt Reynolds

Court Clerk and Comptroller Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller of Putnam County in 2020. Mr. Reynolds has been a resident of Putnam County from the time he was just a few days old.  He graduated with honors from Palatka High School, St. John’s River State College, and the University of North Florida. He earned a degree in business administration with a major in Finance from the University of North Florida.

He previously served as the Deputy County Administrator for the Putnam County Board of County Commissioners. Previously, he was the Finance Director for the City of Palatka for almost a decade. He also served as the Assistant City Manager and Interim City Manager while at the City of Palatka.

Matt is active in the community and is a member of the Board of Directors for multiple local organizations including the Rotary Club of Palatka, First Coast Community Credit Union, Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, the ARC of Putnam County, and the Children Reading Center Charter School. He has been, or currently is, the treasurer for a majority of these organizations, as well as holding the position of Audit Committee Chairman for First Coast Community Credit Union.​​​​​​​

Matt has been registered as a Republican from the time that he was able to register to vote.  He and his wife, Kari, live in Palatka and have a nine-year-old son and an eighteen-month-old daughter. They actively attend Trinity Baptist Church.​​​​​​​

Clerk Reynolds can be reached at 386-326-7603 or matt.reynolds@putnam-fl.gov.

County Judge Group 1
Joe Boatright (non partisan)

County Judge Joe Boatright

Putnam County Court Judge Joe Boatwright was elected to the bench in 2012. Before becoming a judge, he worked for the State Attorney’s Office in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. He also spent time in private practice.

Judge Boatwright earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a juris doctor from Catholic University. Additionally, he has a master of laws degree in taxation from the University of Florida College of Law.

Judge Boatwright currently hears criminal and civil traffic cases at the Putnam County Courthouse in Palatka.

County Judge Group 2
Elizabeth Morris (non partisan)

County Judge Elizabeth Morris

Putnam County Court Judge Elizabeth A. Morris was appointed to the bench in 2000. Before becoming a judge, she was in private practice for eight years.

She earned both her undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from the University of Florida.

Judge Morris hears civil and juvenile dependency cases at the Putnam County Courthouse in Palatka. She also presides over the adult drug court program in Putnam County.

Property Appraiser
Tim Parker

Sheriff H.D. "Gator" DeLoach

Sheriff H.D. “Gator” DeLoach

A life-long resident of Putnam County and graduate of St. Johns River Community College Law Enforcement Academy, Gator DeLoach began his law enforcement career with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in March 2001 serving as a Patrol Deputy, Youth Resource Deputy, K9 Handler, and Detective.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and held leadership responsibilities in the Drug Unit, Patrol and Property Crimes at this rank. 

In 2011, he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of Criminal Investigations Bureau.  In 2012, Gator was appointed Captain of Administrative Services.   In January 2017, Gator DeLoach was sworn in as Sheriff of Putnam County. 

Sheriff DeLoach is a member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, Palatka Masonic Lodge #34, Palatka Rotary Club, Florida Cattleman’s Association, National Rifle Association, Palatka Lions Club, President of Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League, President of the Ten-24 Foundation, sits on the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch Board of Directors, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class 274.

Sheriff DeLoach lives in Interlachen, Florida with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.

District 1 School Board
Holly Pickens (non-partisan)

District 2 School Board Member
David M. Buckles (non-partisan)

District 3 School Board Member
Sandra Gilyard (non-partisan)

District 4 School Board Member
Bud McInnis (non-partisan)

District 5 School Board Member
Jane Crawford (non-partisan)

Superintendent of Schools
Rick Surrency

Supervisor of Elections
Charles L. Overturf III

Tax Collector Linda Myers

Tax Collector Linda Myers

Linda Myers moved to Florida in 1961 with her family when her father was transferred to McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando,  she has called Florida home since that time.  On November 6, 2012, Linda Myers was elected as the Putnam County Tax Collector and took office January 1, 2013.

Linda graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in 1973 and a Master of  Accountancy in 1991; she achieved her CPA certification in 1992.  Prior to serving as the Putnam County Tax Collector, Linda was in private practice as a CPA for 20 years and was the owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise for 30 years.  Linda served as Putnam County Commissioner from 1998-2006.  Her accounting and business background coupled with serving her community as a Commissioner has brought customer service experience, financial acumen and the desire to serve her community as the Tax Collector.

Linda lives with her husband Vernon in Palatka; they have three daughters, three sons and 10 grandchildren.

Soil and Water Conservation Representatives:

District 1: Doug Doran

District 2: Teddy Siehler

District 3: Christ Largacci

District 4: John Newbold III

District 5: Larry Corn

This position is non-partisan

Soil and Water Conservation Representatives:

The Putnam Soil & Water Conservation District’s goal is to deliver natural resources conservation technology and education to the landowners and users of Putnam County and to promote the wise use of land and best management practices that will conserve, improve and sustain the natural resources of Putnam County.

Services Provided:

• Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through the Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices.
• Provides conservation education, programs and information to the public.
• Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems.
• Develop and maintain conservation plans.
• Provides soil surveys, FEMA and historical maps.

There are no photos or biographical information about the current office holders.

There are only a few county  offices on the ballot in 2022 but there are some significant primary races that need voter attention.

Although county positions require candidates to live in the district they represent, voters can vote for candidates in all districts–and if there is no partisan opposition candidates are elected IN THE PRIMARY!

School Board and City positions are non-partisan and will be decided IN THE PRIMARY!

If you need help deciding which primary candidate to vote for, check out our RESOURCES page, visit our NEWS page, candidate section for links to articles members have submitted about various candidates.

We’re here to help!

The following offices are on the ballot in 2022.  Links to campaign websites or other candidate information, when found, are provided.

The Putnam Republican Club’s website has a great page on the local candidates.  You can also watch the July meeting with guest speakers Bud McInnes, Linda Wagner, and Leota Wilkinson.


Read the Commissioner candidate responses to an REC questionaire:

Watch the video of D4 commissioner candidates responding to Hope FM’s questions.

Watch the video of D4 commissioner candidates on the Palatka Daily News forum.

The official duties of the County Commissioners can be found in  state statutes 125.01

SCHOOL BOARD (non-partisan):

Read the School Board candidate responses to an REC questionaire:

Watch the video of D4 school board candidates responding to Hope FM’s questions.

The official duties of the School Board can be found in  state statutes 1001.41


  • D1 Doug Doran
  • D3 Christy Largassi
  • D5 Larry Corn

If you have any knowledge of opponents running for this office please let the Website Administrator know by clicking here.

CITY OFFICES (non-partisan):

Watch the video of the candidates for Palatka City Mayor on the Palatka Daily News forum.

If you have any knowledge of opponents running for these offices please let the Website Administrator know by clicking here.

The Importance Of Voting In The Primary Election

…A primary election is the preliminary step in the process of electing a candidate running for office in the United States…Many voters don’t seem to realize that the primary is one of the most important phases of an election. This is when each vote counts the most, because it gives people the ability to decide who the best candidate is. Unfortunately, many people skip the primary election and only vote in the general election, many of them complaining that their party’s candidate is not the one they would have chosen…

First, primary election campaigns are the main way voters get to know about all the candidates. After the national conventions, voters hear mainly about the platforms of exactly two candidates — one Republican and one Democrat. During the primaries, however, voters get to hear from several Republican and Democratic candidates, plus the candidates of third parties…The primaries provide a nationwide stage for the free and open exchange of all ideas and opinions — the foundation of the American form of participatory democracy.

Secondly, the primaries play a key role in shaping the final platforms of the major candidates in the November election…

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the primary elections provide yet another avenue though which Americans can take part in the process of choosing our own leaders…General election voters might award the winner, but primary voters are the ones who set up the match, and that’s a decision that should be made by more than just 5 percent of the people.

So in the end, if you think that your opinion and your vote doesn’t matter, think again! The people in office now are making decisions that will affect your life now and later! This is why it’s important to get involved and be heard now. Let your vote be counted.

Become a Putnam Republican today.

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