Vote Jim Glover for Brevard County Commissioner

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Sept 6, 2017

Retired Army Ranger Announces Brevard Commission Candidacy

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – Jim Glover, a retired U.S. Army Officer who served six combat tours over two decades, recently filed to run for Brevard County Commission, District 2. Glover said experienced, trusted leadership is needed at this critical time where the local economy is positioned to take off.

“We want this to be the center of gravity for the space industry, and it can be. Other cities and states are vying for it and we have to go get it,” Glover said. “We have the history. We need to take bold steps together to capitalize on opportunities and build our future.”

Glover has unique experience in government budget and execution oversight derived from service three command tours and as a budget analyst and operations requirements staff officer in a unique special mission unit. In addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University and a graduate of U.S. Army Force Management Staff College, Major Glover crafted and supervised the execution of budgets ranging up to $100 million, including presenting those budgets to staff on Capitol Hill in preparation for presenting and defending those requirements to Congress. Glover will use his valuable experience with complicated yet transparent budgets to protect the hard-working taxpayers of Brevard County.

“The taxpayer is the ultimate boss for me. As an Army officer, I worked for the American people,” Glover said. “My soldiers did not serve me, I served my soldiers. I woke up at 4 o’clock every morning to make myself a better leader. Not for me, but for them.”

After graduating from high school, Glover continued the tradition established by his grandfather in WWII and father in Vietnam, serving as a third generation paratrooper along with his two brothers in the United States Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division. Initially, Glover planned to join his father as a police officer following his enlistment, but the draw of serving his country kept him in the military. Glover decided to become an Army officer, enrolling in the University of Massachusetts where he served four years in the Rhode Island National Guard, participated in Army ROTC, served in the Student Senate, played NCAA Div. III college football, and graduated with a degree in political science and an Army Commission.

Glover returned to active duty and continued to hone his leadership skills and earn promotions to key commander and staff officer roles in the Army, with extensive experience gained during multiple combat deployments during Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, 3 deployments in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom and two tours on the DMZ in South Korea. Glover’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Additionally, Glover is a graduate of the Ranger School, Special Forces Selection and Assessment and specially selected to serve at the elite Asymmetric Warfare Group and Human Resources Command.

Glover, 47, retired in 2014 following 21 years of service on active duty, however the pull toward service will always be strong for Glover, he said. After retiring from the Army, Glover enrolled in law school to become a criminal prosecutor. While awaiting law school, Glover was employed as a construction project manager with a home builder where he gained experience and insight into subtle variables between managing public and privately owned business budgets, negotiating sub-contracts, local government permitting process, managing personnel and supply chains. He is now in his final year at Barry University Law School and is gaining valuable experience interning as an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office in Brevard County.

“Everything that led me to serve in our military leads me to wanting to serve here at home,” Glover said.

Glover, a father of three, is a fixture on the local ballfields, coaching football and lacrosse. Knowing how important these next several years are to making Brevard County the place his children will choose to eventually raise their own families, Glover listened to friends and family urging him to bring his budget knowledge, decades of leadership experience and fiscally conservative values to the Brevard County Commission.

“Together,” Glover said, “We will work to keep our great quality of living, invest in public safety to protect our hard-working families and grow jobs in our community”

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