Seminole County GOP

Who We Are

Working to Preserve America's Future

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About Us

The Republican Party of Seminole County is composed of men and women who represent the 80 precincts in the county. Our committee along with the other 66 counties makes up the Republican Party of Florida.

Our purpose is to uphold the principles of freedom, equality, and justice on which the Republican Party and the government of this nation is founded, as set forth in the Constitution of the United States and the state of Florida.

To do this we must:

  • Seek qualified candidates for local, county, state, and federal offices.
  • Elect qualified Republicans to office.
  • Foster loyalty to the Republican Party.
  • Educate the electorate.
  • Increase Republican registration.
  • Promote the election of Republican candidates to office.

For more information on how to join the Republican Party of Seminole County please visit our Membership area.

 
 

Officers

 
 

CHAIR

Kathryn Townsend

Kathryn J. Townsend is a 27 year veteran of Seminole County Republican politics. She is a former public school teacher and a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Rollins College, with extensive background in public policy.

Kathryn has a long history of community service and volunteer activities some of which includes the City of Oviedo Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board and the Seminole County Tourist Development Council.

She was a founding partner of the local 501c3, Helpful Hands, Inc., a charity that focuses on helping children and families in crisis and sponsored $4,000 in student scholarships for 4-H camp. She served as secretary to the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee for six years, is past Vice President of the Seminole County Republican Women's Club Federated and current member, also currently serves the Suburban Republican Women’s Club on the Education Committee. Kathryn is Board Chair of the Seminole County Cooperative Extension Advisory Board and serves on the IFAS Regional Committee. She currently serves on the Orlando Health/South Seminole Hospital Women’s Advisory Council. She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and was selected by the City of Sanford for their Public Art Commission, and is also the past President of the Seminole Cultural Arts Council.

Married to John Townsend, Kathryn has one son, Sean. He and his wife live in Atlanta with their 3 year old twin boys, Matthew and Noah. Granddaughter Candace also lives in Atlanta employed with a private helicopter firm specializing in firefighting and disaster relief.  Her rescue pet “Libby the Lab” completes the Townsend family.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Vice Chair

Linda Trocine

Linda is a 30 year resident of Central Florida, a lifelong Republican "supervoter" and an 8-year member of SCREC. She is an engineer who streamlines access to the residential real estate market for home buyers and home sellers. Linda was formerly on contract at NASA and Lockheed Martin, and before that a college professor of systems engineering at Embry-Riddle. She volunteers with a variety of civic organizations and is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. She is happily married and has two fascinating teenage children.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Treasurer

Jim Minter

Jim and his wife, Sharon, are retired and living in Sanford, Florida. They have two daughters who have blessed them with five delightful grandchildren between the ages of two and eight. After forty years of accounting work with mostly manufacturing companies, Jim intends to bring good judgment and decision making to the office of Treasurer at SCREC. It’s his pleasure to work with everyone who desires and seeks complete transparency of the funds entrusted to this Board. Thank you for your faithfulness to the GOP and to growing our visibility in Seminole County.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Secretary

Kimberly Carroll

Kimberly is an MBA graduate of Rollins College Crummer School of Business with a background in finance and marketing.  She runs Red State Campaigns, working to get qualified Republicans elected to office.  Kim and her husband of 32 years, Brian, have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She also serves on the Board of the Seminole County Prayer Breakfast, and is active with Honor Flight Central Florida and the Florida Federation of Republican Women.

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Attorney

Matt Aungst

Matthew S. Aungst, Esq., is a native of Vermont who relocated to Central Florida as a child.  After receiving his undergraduate degree in Finance from University of Central Florida (UCF), Matt graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with his Juris Doctorate (JD) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

While in law school Matt clerked for both the Attorney General’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office. He is also a former Assistant State Attorney and former in-house counsel for several corporations. Matt went into private practice representing individuals accused of matters from traffic tickets to serious felonies. He specialized in DUI defense, even having several victories in the trial and appellate courts published.

At his current civil litigation firm, Matt focuses on litigating insurance claims on behalf of medical professionals in cases where insurance coverage is in dispute.  He works closely with medical providers to ensure that their bills on behalf of the injured do not go unpaid or denied.  Matt accomplishes this through time spent in the courtroom arguing motions and attending hearings. He also spends significant time performing depositions of representatives for insurance companies who have denied payment for medical services.

Professional Affiliations

-The Florida Bar

-Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association

-Florida Justice Association

-Seminole County Bar Association

-Orange County Bar Association

-Volusia County Bar Association

-Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

 

Members of the Board