As Jesse Unruh said it best, "Money is the mother's milk of politics."
Here's new St. Johns County Court Judge Lauren Blocker, et ux, JEREMIAH RAY BLOCKER, County Commissioner, with Sheriff Robert Hardwick, et ux. In the aggregate, the pair has raised some $1 million in corporate contributions, 2018-2022.
During the 2022 election cycle alone, controversial first-term St. Johns County Commissioner JEREMIAH RAY BLOCKER has raised more than $182,433 in campaign cash and in-kind contributions. His pal, Sheriff Hardwick, raised more than twice that amount in 2020.
BLOCKER's first and only 2022 opponent to date is the popular populist seven-time protest candidate, disability rights advocate and Merill Paul Roland, is self-funding his campaign, with enough money banked to pay is filing fee.
As long as he lives and lies, JEREMIAH RAY BLOCKER will always be known as the buumptious bigoted BLOCKER who BLOCKED a routine LGBTQIA+ Pride proclamation similar to those passed in St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. His first campaign contributions for the re-election came from another devious developer doormat, ROY ALAIMO, JR., who lustily supported BLOCKER's anti-LGBTQIA+ Pride proclamation stance, and who withdrew his name from consideration for the Governor's appointment of the St. Johns County Commissoion District 2 Commission seat.
JEREMIAH BLOCKER helped procure a Governor DeSantis appointment -- a County Court judgeship for his eminently qualified significantly better half, corporate lawyer Lauren Blocker, to County Court.
Read below for the Big Money haul of Commissioner BLOCKER.
BLOCKER once fancied himself a reformer, rightly supporting firing County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK, while voting to hire unqualified replacement HUNTER SINCLAIR CONRAD, his friend and classmate at a dying soon-to-be defunct for-profit law school, Florida Coastal. THere was no advertising and no search Hiring CONRAD gave the unqualified appointee of GOvernor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT a safe harbor. It prevented Democrats from raising his being "Clerk E" in a Chicago federal criminal indictment of DONALD DONZIGER, JR. and his PENN CREDIT CORP., a government contractor with St. Johns County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller debt collection contractor.
Like other ethically-challenged developer doormats and Dull Republicans in St. Johns County, corpulent BLOCKER's campaign is funded by enemies of government transparency, including dodgy seekers of government favors -- clearcutting, wetland-filling, wildlife-killing "developers, which are ruining the St. Johns County that we know and love and call "God's country."
BLOCKER's contributors include developer fanboy DAVID BERNARD SHOAR, who legally changed his name from "HOAR" in 1994; S/HOAR will always be known as the disgraced ex-Sheriff who covered up the September 2, 2010 homicide of Michelle O'Connell and never knew for five months of more than $702,66 embezzled by his trusted Finance Director, Raye Brutnell, 25 feet from his office.
From Supervisor of Elections website;