Jay Bonner

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Jay Alan Bonner
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 20
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPalm Beach Gardens Community High School
AssociatePalm Beach Community College
ProfessionLand Surveyor
Campaign website
Jay Alan Bonner was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 20th Congressional District of Florida.[1] Jay Bonner lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Bonner is a long time Palm Beach County resident, and attended both primary and secondary school in the Palm Beach County public school system.[2]

Following graduation from Palm Beach Gardens Community High School in 1973, Bonner soon began a career in land surveying. He went on to study land surveying at Palm Beach Community College and received his A.S. in 1979.[3]


From 1976 through 1987, Bonner worked for private land surveying companies until he opened his own land surveying business, Sunshine Surveyors, in April 1987 with his wife. Bonner and his wife continue to own and operate Sunshine Surveyors.[2]

In August 2009, Bonner began working with his brother as a mobile marketing consultant. He continues to work in this role in addition to working as a land surveyor.[2]


Campaign themes


Bonner stated that he ran "to advance a great awakening that is happening in America. [He is] running to proclaim that GOD loves you and that HE has provided a way for Americans to leave a spiritual desert and cross over into a promised land."[3] He listed the following five points for a better nation on his campaign website:[4]

1) Acknowledge GOD: We need to admit the existence, reality, and truth of GOD. We need to recognize HIS being, HIS force and power. We need to give thanks and gratitude to HIM.

2) In GOD we trust: This is our national and the State of Florida motto. We need to recognize the historical significance of why Congress changed our national motto in 1956 to 'In God we Trust.'

3) Love GOD and love your neighbors: This is the American dream. Love is the living fulfillment of all our laws, rules and regulations. It has been said, 'If we could all live in love with each other it would be heaven.'

4) It is all about our children: Our focus needs to return to our children. We need to empower our children to save America. We need not enslave our children with a crushing financial debt.

5) Send able leaders to Washington who fear GOD, know the truth and hate dishonest gain: This wise instruction given to Moses in Exodus 18:21 still holds true today.[5]



See also: Florida's 20th Congressional District elections, 2014

Bonner ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 20th District.[1] Bonner ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary. He was defeated by incumbent Alcee Hastings (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, Florida District 20 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlcee Hastings Incumbent 81.6% 128,498
     Republican Jay Bonner 18.4% 28,968
Total Votes 157,466
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bonner's reports.

Jay Bonner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[7]January 31, 2014$0$7,810$(5,461)$2,348
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2014$2,348$7,180$(299)$9,229
July Quarterly[9]July 13, 2014$9,229$3,044$(11,964)$309
Pre-Primary[10]August 12, 2014$309$417$(569)$158
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2014$158$7,242$(3,815)$4,334
Running totals


Bonner and his wife, Debbie, live in Palm Beach County, Florida.[2]

In addition to owning his own business, Bonner also is active in the community. In July 2002, he established the Character Council of Palm Beach County working with local schools to promote the six pillars of character. He also served as the Chair of the Circuit 15 Juvenile Justice Board from July 2005 through June 2009. In this role, he secured state funding for additional classroom space at the Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Additionally, Bonner established the Faith & Community Network to assist those in juvenile justice system.[2]

In June 2013, Bonner helped to launch Operation Embrace, a program aiming to inform religious communities of juvenile justice issues in an effort to assist youth offenders and their families.[2]

Bonner is also actively involved in his church, the Northlake Boulevard Church of the Nazarene.[2]


For recognition of outstanding community service, Bonner received The Edith Bush Community Service Award from The Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee in January 2008.

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