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10-14-17

Marc Vann seeks District 10 seat


Submitted by Lori Hutto


According to a press release last week Lake City business owner Marc Vann announced his candidacy for the District 10 seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Vann is a lifelong Lake City resident and co-owner of Vann Carpet One. Vann’s campaign will emphasize the need for job creation and education reform. State Representative Elizabeth Porter has held the seat since 2010 but faces term limits in 2018.


“Giving our children the opportunity to build a future here is one of the greatest family values we can leave as a legacy,” said Vann.


“Sheree and I are blessed that our children have been able to make a life here where they grew up, but, unfortunately, for too many families, that’s not an option. We have to grow our jobs base here in North Central Florida so our young people aren’t forced to leave this area to find a good job.”


Vann also cited increasing local control of education, reducing state bureaucracies that limit opportunity, and reining in liberal courts that impose a secular agenda that erodes the values our nation was founded on as reasons for running.


“We have to constantly keep an eye on government to make sure it doesn’t encroach on our precious freedoms,” said Vann. “When business owners and families have to spend hours complying with needless paperwork and government regulations, that’s time they could be spending earning a living and enjoying their children.”


Vann’s family business, formerly Brown-Vann Paint and Flooring, has been operating since 1947. He has a long history of community service in Lake City, Columbia County, and the greater Suwannee Valley, including service on the Lake Shore Hospital Authority, the Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Columbia County Economic Development Advisory Board. He has belonged to the Kiwanis Club for 35 years and is a past president.


He earned a BA in accounting from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1979 and currently serves on its Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, helping to manage a $50 million budget. Vann is a proud Eagle Scout and served on the Suwannee River District Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 


Vann and his wife, Sheree, have been married for 23 years and have four children and eight grandchildren. They are members of Lake City Church of the Nazarene, where he has served on the board for 35 years. He has also served on the Policy Advisory Board and District Finance Committee for the Florida District Church of the Nazarene.


District 10 covers all of Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, and Suwannee Counties, as well as a portion of northwestern Alachua County.


Republicans outnumber Democrats in this very conservative district, 44 percent to 40 percent. Donald Trump carried the district with over 72 percent of the vote in last year’s election.