Lee County, Fla. – Conservative businessman, lawyer, and former Trump surrogate Ford O’Connell has filed to run for State House District 77.

“My family and I have lived in Southwest Florida since 2012. For my entire life I have been a strong conservative fighter who thinks it’s time that our politicians finally do what is needed: Back parental rights, end illegal immigration, rein in Big Tech censorship, call for a forensic audit of the election, achieve U.S. energy independence, end our dependence on China, stop mandates, destroy the woke agenda, and actually back our governor.”

Background: FORD O’CONNELL is a businessman, lawyer, and conservative media personality from Southwest Florida who served as a Trump White House and Campaign Surrogate for the 2020 election.

He is a respected media analyst and frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, and Newsmax TV. Ford’s political analysis and commentary have appeared in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (Juris Doctor), O’Connell graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and Religion while playing quarterback on the football team as well as playing for the lacrosse team. He also holds Master’s degrees from Duke University and from Northwestern University.

A proven conservative who will put Florida first, O’Connell’s devotion to the conservative causes of limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility were instilled in him by his grandfather, Henry Salvatori, an advisor to three U.S. Presidents, including Ronald Reagan.


To learn more about Ford’s campaign for State House District 77, please visit his website at