Press Release: Florida Senator Jeff Brandes 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 Florida Senator Jeff Brandes.

“Ardian Zika is a conservative Republican who knows what it takes to build a business, make payroll and grow our economy," said Florida Senator Jeff Brandes. "Ardian’s story – how he left a civil war-torn country to seek freedom and opportunity in the United States – is an inspiration to me.  I’m optimistic that the voters of House District 37 will also be inspired by Ardian’s story and will enthusiastically support him.   Ardian’s life is proof that if you work hard and play by the rules you will have opportunity and be able to realize the American Dream.  Ardian Zika has my strong support and endorsement this election and I hope he can count on you.”

"I am honored to have Florida Senator Jeff Brandes' endorsement this election," said Ardian Zika.  "Senator Brandes has led efforts to modernize Florida's laws to allow for the development of autonomous vehicle technology, and provide for app based services which provide great convenience to our lives.  Senator Brandes is also a free-market, principled, fiscally conservative leader in the Florida Senate and we share many common values.  I am humbled and grateful for Senator Brandes' support this election."

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.