Joe Budd
Joe Budd
Candidate, U.S. House Florida District 23
Republican
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Joe is an entrepreneur by nature, even as a child he would buy penny candy with his lunch money and make a profit to buy a bigger lunch. Because of his natural drive and work ethic, he became a Domino’s Pizza franchisee in his early twenties where he was able to turn a profitless business into a very profitable one employing nearly 50 people. After selling this business he opened a golf and tennis retail store which became the tool that would teach Joe his most valuable life lessons. This, in fact, was a catalyst to his future success. One of Joe’s favorite quotes is from Ben Franklin, “Things that hurt instruct.”
As a young family, Joe and his wife Sherry moved to Boca Raton in 1993 with their three children ages 3, 5, and 7. They were seeking a new start after two years of being on welfare due to a business failure. Joe knows what it’s like to work hard but be trapped by a broken system. During those two years, Joe worked 48 hours a week at his failing business and another 48 hours a week at his “part-time” job delivering pizzas in a car that was given to him. They left that business $600,000 in debt. Joe committed not to file bankruptcy but instead followed the Bible’s instructions. Proverbs 6:1-5 tells us to humble ourselves and plead our case to whose hands we’ve fallen into. Joe watched God do some amazing things and in just three short years he had satisfied all of his creditors!
Within the first couple of years of living in Florida, Joe accepted leadership roles within his church community and continues to serve as a deacon, on the finance committee, and as a Sunday school teacher. His guidance and expertise as chair of the finance committee helped lead CrossBridge Church to be debt-free.
Joe’s worldview shaped by his belief in the Holy Scriptures and believes principles supersede politics; aspiring to Psalm 15 to be a model for his character. He’s strongly AMERICA FIRST which is consistent with biblical principles. Joe was proud to have served as a co-vice-chair of the Palm Beach County Trump Campaign helping President Trump win a decisive primary victory with 52% of the vote. In 2016, Joe won his Palm Beach County State Committeeman election defeating a three-term incumbent. His AMERICA FIRST convictions garnered him a formidable reputation helping him to win re-election with a whopping 73% of the vote. He currently serves as a board member of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF). As a State Committeeman, the RPOF assigned Joe to the Trump Voter Outreach Committee.
Joe understood President Trump winning the Palm Beach County Presidential Preference Primary with 52% of the vote wasn’t the significant number. The key number was the 52% greater turnout. Joe wanted to tap into these new voters and keep them engaged in the political process which was the catalyst for one of his greatest political accomplishments, the founding of Club 45. This club was formed to support the agenda of our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
Joe’s vision started with assembling the same leadership team that helped lead President Trump’s primary victory. He could not have done this alone and credits his board and the many people who enthusiastically jumped in and volunteered to make Club 45 what it is today.
The largest “Trump Club” in the nation with meeting attendance often exceeding 2,000 people. Club 45 has hosted many well-known speakers like Dan Bongino, Representative Jim Jordan, Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and most importantly 45 himself President Donald J Trump. Club 45 has an AMERICA FIRST mindset and replicates Joe’s personal convictions as well as the other board members.
All that being said, Joe is a family man. He loves his wife of 37 years and his growing family, especially his grandson, and wants to keep America great for them.
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