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For Immediate Release Monday, July 16, 2012 Contact Sarah Bascom, sarah@bascomllc.com, 850.294.6636 Kristen Bridges, kristen@bascomllc.

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National Rifle Association & the Unified Sportsmen of Florida Endorse Aaron Bean for Florida Senate
Jacksonville, Fla. Conservative Republican Aaron Bean today announced that the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida have endorsed him in his candidacy for the newly-drawn Florida Senate District 4 seat. Aaron Bean is a vocal supporter of the Second Amendment, self-defense and anti-crime issues, said Marion Hammer, past president of the NRA and executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida. His exemplary pro-sportsmen, pro-Second Amendment, pro-freedom record has earned him not only our endorsement, but our gratitude for being a dedicated advocate of our fundamentals. I am extremely proud to have gained the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida! said Aaron Bean. I firmly believe that Americans should have the right to protect themselves, their families and their property, as well as enjoy the opportunity to hunt and fish in the natural outdoors. Floridians can always count on me to fight against legislation that attempts to place restrictions on the God-given right to bear arms. The NRA and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida join former Governor Jeb Bush (R-Florida), Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater (R-Florida), Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam (R-Florida), Senator John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine), Senator Steve Wise (R-Jacksonville), Representative Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala), Mayor Stan Totman of Baldwin, Vice Mayor Kara Tucker of Neptune Beach, Jacksonville City Councilman Ray Holt, Nassau County Clerk of the Court and Comptroller John Crawford, former Chair of Duval Republican Party and former Chair of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Mike Hightower, Nassau County Tax Collector John Drew, former Jacksonville Jaguar Tony Boselli, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Medical Association in endorsing Bean for Florida Senate District 4, which includes Duval and Nassau Counties. Aaron Bean currently works for Shands Jacksonville as the relationship development officer, is the co-owner of 8 Flags Insurance Company, and he owns and operates Putt-Putt of Fernandina Beach with his wife Abby and their three young sons. Bean served eight years in the Florida

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PAGE 2: AARON BEAN FOR FLORIDA SENATE House of Representatives, including a term as elected chairman of the Duval County Legislative Delegation in 2008. During his tenure in the Florida House, Bean received numerous awards and recognitions for his effective, conservative leadership and additionally was trusted by thenHouse Speaker Marco Rubio to serve as the chairman of the House Health Care Council, which handled all health care policy in addition to the appropriations of about one-third of the state budget. Prior to being elected to the Florida House, Bean served as a Commissioner and Mayor of Fernandina Beach. Beans extensive record of public service includes serving on the First Coast YMCA Board of Directors, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and the United Way. Bean received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Jacksonville University, and was the city president of Compass Bank for 10 years (1998-2008). Bean and his wife, Abby, reside in Fernandina Beach, Fla., with their three sons, where they attend Memorial United Methodist Church. For more information on the Aaron Bean for Florida Senate Campaign, please visit www.AaronBean.com.

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Paid by Aaron Bean, Republican, for State Senate.