Press Release: Pasco County School Board Member Steve Luikart Endorses Ardian Zika for the Florida House of Representatives, District 37

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LAND O' LAKES, FL – Today, the Ardian Zika Campaign for the Florida House of Representatives, District 37 announced the endorsement of Pasco County School Board Member Steve Luikart. 

“I know Ardian Zika to be honest, hardworking and a man of integrity," said Pasco County School Board Member Steve Luikart. "His commitment to helping students reach their fullest potential is evident by his volunteer service on the Pasco Education Foundation Board and the Pasco Hernando State College Board of Trustees. Ardian is a common-sense conservative who has compassion for those in need and those who are most vulnerable in our community; our children and seniors. I’m supporting Ardian Zika because of his commitment to fight tirelessly for our shared values. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Ardian Zika for State Representative, District 37 this election.” 

"I am honored to have Pasco County School Board Member Steve Luikart's endorsement and support this election," said Ardian Zika. "Steve's commitment to our community's students and teachers has been evident throughout his service on the Pasco County School Board. Steve has fought hard to be sure our children receive a quality education and our teachers have the support they need to do their job well. If elected, you have my pledge to fight for these shared values in our state capitol." 

About Ardian Zika 

Ardian is the product of American exceptionalism and a modern-day story of the American Dream. He is deeply-rooted in conservative values. Ardian immigrated to the United States as a teenager from Kosovo in 1997, leaving behind a civil conflict and political turmoil in the war-torn former Yugoslavia. Ardian arrived in the United States with nothing but a willingness to work hard and a desire to earn an education. He pulled himself up by the bootstraps and emerged as an example of an American Dream success story. 

Ardian’s strong faith and conservative values have guided his personal and professional pursuits. He is a Conservative Republican running for the Florida  House of Representatives to serve our community. He will work tirelessly so that no Floridian is left behind as they embark on their journey toward the American Dream. Ardian graduated from high school in Louisiana, earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. While at Louisiana Tech University, Ardian was elected to the Student Senate, served as Student Government Executive Vice-President, Student Senate President, Student Government Supreme Court Chief Justice and Vice-President of the College Republican Club. 

Ardian and his wife Tasha have been married for twelve years. They have five children, Natalie, Riley, Jed, Zachary & William. They are active members of Idlewild Baptist Church. 

Ardian is President & CEO of Guardian Street, LLC., a strategic business advisory practice specializing in small and medium size commercial and industrial middle market companies. Prior to founding his company, Ardian spent 14 years in the banking industry in various leadership roles including serving as a Senior Vice President and Vice President. In 2015, Ardian was selected and recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the 40 Under 40 Up & Comer Award, given annually to selected rising business leaders in the Tampa Bay. 

Ardian had the honor and privilege to receive three Gubernatorial Appointments by the Florida Governor Rick Scott to three volunteer boards -the Florida Council on Homelessness, the Pasco-Hernando State College Board of Trustees and the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. Ardian is a firm believer in serving the community. He served on the Pasco Education Foundation Board of Directors, Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Council Task Force on International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment, Dade City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Dade City Rotary Club, Trinity YMCA Advisory Board of Directors, Zephyrhills YMCA Advisory Board of Directors and other community involvements.