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Joe Hannoush for Florida State House – Dist. 25: Facts, Background And Links

NAME: Joseph “Joe” Hannoush

RUNNING FOR: Florida State House of Representatives – District 25

PARTY AFFILIATION: Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF)

AGE: 38 years old

FAMILYNael (father), Majda (mother), Jack (brother), Sally (sister) – parents and brother are Ormond Beach residents, sister lives in Jacksonville.

LIVED?: Jacksonville, Fla. and then moved to east Volusia County 15+ years ago

CURRENT PROFESSION: Works with Hannoush family business – NE Cleaners (three drycleaning stores in Volusia County)

DONATE: To Joe Hannoush’s Campaign

EMAIL JOE: JoeHannoush@gmail.com

STORY: Who The Heck Is Joe Hannoush?

JoePhotoPOLITICAL AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Joe was elected to the Executive Committee of the Volusia County Libertarian Party, and is the Chairman of the Legislative Review Committee of the Volusia County Libertarian Party.

LISTEN: Joe On The Marc Bernier Show

HOBBIES: Joe enjoys Volusia County’s beaches. “Going to the beach is always a good way to get away from life and the stress of life. I love the idea of open access to the beach.” As a lover of astronomy, he enjoys — when he gets a chance — visiting Embry-Riddle’s telescope, one of the largest in Florida. He also enjoys playing chess. Gathering petitions was a pretty big past time in the past year or so.

JOE’S STANCE ON THE ISSUES?: Campaign Page

QUOTABLE: “I’m a regular Joe, an honest Joe. I’m just like you. I’m a regular person willing to volunteer my time and do the leg work to put myself out there for you and for all of us who no longer feel like our voices are listened to … I’ve been an attentive voter on the sideline for long enough, and in 2016 looking at the choices on my ballot, I decided that I was going to be the change that I myself have been looking for. The two old parties don’t represent the majority of the people anymore — just special interests. It’s time to get involved and put the rights of the individuals ahead of the big money interests and government … I actually think not running for office before is a good thing.”

KEY LINKS TO JOE’S CAMPAIGN AND HIS STANCE ON THE ISSUES:

SO WHAT DOES JOE STAND FOR?: Campaign Page

DONATE: To Joe Hannoush’s Campaign

CAMPAIGN PAGE: Joe Hannoush for Florida State House District 25

LISTEN: Joe On The Marc Bernier Show

FACEBOOK: Joe Hannoush, Candidate Facebook Page

BALLOTPEDIA: Joe Hannoush Page

STORY ON JOE BY 71REPUBLIC.COM: By John Keller

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Who Is Joe Hannoush? A Long-Time Volusia County Resident Willing To Stand In The Rain To Collect Petitions To Give You An Option To The Two-Party System


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If you live in Volusia County, you may have met Joseph “Joe” Hannoush over the past two years. A friendly guy who was willing to stand in the rain, dodge thunderstorms and sweat in the Florida sun so that you don’t have to endure a two-dimensional ticket this November.

Hannoush, 38, is the Libertarian Candidate for Florida State House District 25, and he’ll be on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6. He’s the alternative candidate.

DONATE: To Joe Hannoush’s Campaign

Hannoush started collecting petitions to make a point — he would get on the general election ballot through hard work. Instead of just paying the filing fee, as his Republican opponent did, he would earn his way onto the ballot by gathering the 1,247 qualified petitions needed to bypass the fee. He gathered more than 1,500, and 1,255 qualified.

FACTS, BACKGROUND, LINKS: Joe’s Resume

After declaring at a Libertarian regional coalition meeting in April 2017 that he had the intention of running, he began that petition drive — usually working by himself. If you followed Joe’s campaign page on social media, it never seemed a day went by for a year without Joe being at a local library or county office, adding to the stack.

“People began seeing that, and started to help out,” Joe said. “It was a snowball effect … Sometimes it was cold, or rainy. I’d just find a spot where I could stand and stay dry and away from the wind.”

JOE’S STANCE ON THE ISSUES?: Campaign Page

That effort he put into grinding through the Florida elements just to make the ballot is the same effort he swears he’d put into representing residents of Volusia County in Tallahassee. As a Libertarian, Hannoush has issue stances that will resonate with both Democrats and Republicans. While Americans continue to get louder about having a “down the middle” type of candidate, that’s exactly what Hannoush thinks he is.

“I didn’t know that I was a Libertarian until 2011 when I took a political quiz at a site called ISideWith.com,” Joe said. “So I went on the site and it asked me a bunch of questions, and it asks you how passionate are you about certain issues, how much it matters to you. It comes out with a percentage. It was leading up to the 2012 election and it said I was 86 percent in agreement with the Libertarian candidate for President at that time — Gary Johnson.”

LISTEN: Joe On The Marc Bernier Show

petitionssigned.jpgThe quiz read Joe well. A Christian family that fled Iraq before Joe was born in 1978 —  when Saddam Hussein fell into power — the Hannoushes have flourished in the United States. After first coming to Illinois and later to Jacksonville, Fla., the family moved to eastern Volusia County 15+ years ago.

They opened NE Cleaners and now have three dry cleaning stores in Volusia County — two in Ormond Beach and one in Port Orange. When his parents left Iraq, they came to the United States to get away from oppression — asking only for the opportunity to flourish and to be left alone.

In Joe’s estimation, his parents — in many ways — are also libertarians. And it is that philosophy — to lessen government’s grip and always defend individual liberties — that Joe says he would take to the State House.

BALLOTPEDIA: Joe Hannoush Page

No, he hasn’t run for office before. No, he hasn’t piled up $200,000 like his Republican counterpart.

“I actually think not running for office before is a good thing,” Joe said. “I actually think being just an average Joe is a good thing, and that’s what I call myself. I’m one of the people. I will keep fighting for individual liberties.

“We rule our own lives, I would never be swayed by lobbyists or any other big money influence. I’m going to vote the way a regular person would want me to vote.”

EMAIL JOE: JoeHannoush@gmail.com

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