Proven Leadership.

“Insurance rate hikes. Rising crime. Housing affordability. The last time I faced a mission this tough, it was from the cockpit of an F-16. Our families deserve proven leadership to get things done in the Florida House – I’ve never backed down from a mission, and I won’t start now.”


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Veteran. Father. Fighter.

Ed Montanari was elected to the St. Petersburg City Council in 2015 and served as Chair in 2020 and 2021. As a Council Member, Ed has prioritized initiatives that empower job creators, protect our natural resources, and improve infrastructure for St. Petersburg residents and tourists. He has earned a reputation as a consensus builder who will work with both parties to find solutions to complex problems.

Ed is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served on active duty flying the F-16 fighter aircraft. He has logged over 1400 hours in all models of the F-16. He served in the Air Force Reserves as an Air Operations Officer in Central Command at MacDill AFB during the first Gulf War. His decorations include the Air Force Commendations Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal and others. Ed attended the USAF Special Operations School and completed the Special Operations and Middle East Studies Courses.

Ed has lived in St. Petersburg since 1976 and is a retired Boeing 777 pilot for American Airlines. He has two children and three grandchildren and is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

People Over Politics

Led the fight to save Albert Whitted Airport

Spearheaded work to restore the St. Petersburg Pier

Helped remove government roadblocks holding up construction of the Dali Museum

Voted against out-of-touch policies like rent control

Ed established himself as the voice of reason and common sense leadership on the St. Petersburg City Council. He knows how to get things done in government, and will make sure our community is never left behind when decisions are made in the Florida House.

At the groundbreaking of the World’s First Airline monument at the St. Petersburg pier.

Unveiling a new 3D-printed furniture factory in downtown St. Petersburg.

Leading On The Real Issues

Local families have suffered endless insurance rate hikes and Washington-caused inflation for too long. Ed will lead in the Florida House to address the issues that matter most in our community and won’t back down until the job is done. 

Fight against Big Insurance and bring down rates

Make our homes and apartments affordable again by curbing inflation

Stand up for our police and First Responders

Clean up our water and study the causes of Red Tide

Keep spending in check and taxes low

We Need Your Help

If you agree that it’s time we need proven leadership representing our community in the Florida House, please join our campaign today!

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