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Cape Coral veteran announces candidacy for Florida House

Denise McCleary ready to take on radical policies, return ethics and integrity to the Florida House

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Denise McCleary of Cape Coral is running for Florida State House 79

Cape Coral, FL –Retirement is not just about taking it easy for one Cape Coral woman. Denise McCleary, a 34-year Army Veteran and auditor, announces her campaign for Florida House 79 representing Cape Coral.


“Cape Coral is an important part of Lee County and residents deserve to have their voices heard. People here are still struggling with claims from insurance companies after Hurricane Ian and are now facing cancellation of insurance and premiums that have been doubled in costs. Veterans and older Floridians are living off their Social Security and with increasing costs they may have to leave the state.  It’s clear our representatives in the Florida legislature are not working for us.” McCleary said.


Denise served in the Army National Guard and Reserve Commands with tours during Operation Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. She served as the Chief of Audit Operations with the New Jersey National Guard. McCleary will apply her military logistical, operational, and ethical standards to fight for the people in Tallahassee.


“I can’t believe the nonsense that has been coming out of Tallahassee, i.e. CRT, Don't Say Gay, s abortion bans, approving radioactive waste to be put on our roads.  I fought for this country and our democracy. I want veterans like me and everyone in our community to be respected, taken care of, and be able to enjoy the beautiful area that we have here in Florida.” McCleary continued.


Denise McCleary is an active member and supporter of her local Veterans of Foreign Wars, (VFW). She served as a post Quartermaster, District Quartermaster, and has received many awards including State VFW Award for Aide De Camp for helping her local VFW from being closed down.


There are currently three candidates for Florida House District 79, Democrat Denise McCleary, incumbent Mike Giallombardo, and Libertarian Larry Gillis. They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2024.



Find more information about Denise McCleary at Contributions can be sent care of Cindy Banyai at Southwest Strategies, PO Box 61612, Fort Myers, FL 33906 or online through ActBlue.


Denise McCleary is a veteran active in her local VFW. She is running for Florida House of Representatives District 79 serving Cape Coral. Denise wants to make a difference on the insurance crisis, affordable housing, and healthcare.


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