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Dear Patriot,

School Board District 5 Candidates USAAF Colonel (ret) Richard Tatem, Chantal Wilford and current Manatee County School Board Chairman Dr. James Golden join us for a discussion at the next Manatee Patriots meeting Tuesday, July 19 at Mixon Farms. This is a great opportunity to hear their beliefs and views on the issues facing District 5.

It's Election Time!

You may have noticed that there is a lot of content related to Election Integrity in our newsletters lately. This is a deliberate effort on our part. With the Primary Election just over a month away and the voter registration deadline of July 25, we want to make sure that all members are equipped to make the most of their vote. We do hope you appreciate the extra coverage of this critical election season.

Read on to be informed about important events and simple actions you can take to make a difference.

In this Email

  • Speaker Bios
  • How Joe Biden (and Susan Rice) Plan to Rig the Midterm Elections
  • Sign Up for the Manatee County Supervisor of Election Logic and Accuracy Test, August 9, 2022 at 9am
  • Mission: Self Defense, LLC is hosting an Open Range Day at Manatee Gun & Archery Club from 9 AM to 4 PM on SUNDAY JULY 24th
  • Reminder:  Poll Watcher Training Now Offered 4 Nights Per Week!
  • 2 Great Events from the Manatee County Republican Liberty Caucus
  • Partisanship Change in Manatee County Voters (HINT: More RED)
  • Justin American Radio Show on 1490 WWPR

Next Meeting Details

What:    School Board District 5 Candidate Discussion

When:   Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm

Where:  Mixon Fruit Farms

               2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208


Speaker Bios (taken from Candidates' websites)

James T. Golden

James T. Golden is a native Floridian who has been a leader in the Manatee County community for the past 25 years. He has been a Manatee County Public Schools substitute teacher across all grade levels and chairman of the School Advisory Council at Louise R. Johnson Middle School.

Born in Jacksonville and raised in Daytona Beach, he learned the values of hard work, service, and leadership from his parents and considerable extended family. His father, Rev. James C. Golden, Jr., was a pastor and public school teacher. His mother, Vivian, was a high school guidance counselor.

After completing the 10th grade, James T. Golden was accepted as an early entrant to Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. He volunteered in 1967 to serve in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1969.

Following his military service, James T. Golden received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University in 1970. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1974 from the University of Florida's Frederic G. Levin College of Law. James T. Golden has been a practicing attorney since he was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1975. After answering his call to ministry in 1981, he began attending the Turner Theological Seminary at Atlanta University where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1984.


Between 1993 and 2014, James T. Golden served our community as pastor of Ward Temple A.M.E. Church in Bradenton. However, desiring to serve more than just his congregation, he also served two terms on the Bradenton City Council after being elected in 1999 and reelected in 2003. While there, he led the way in establishing the Central Community Redevelopment Area that created more than $50 million in funding for central Bradenton’s capital needs. Additionally, he led efforts to annex local industries like Tropicana and Mixon Fruit Farms into the city to broaden the tax base and increase revenue without raising taxes. James T. Golden served as the city’s Fire Commissioner, Chaplain, and the city’s representative on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.


James T. Golden has served on a number of charitable and non-profit boards, including Manatee Glens Mental Health Hospital (now Centerstone), Meals on Wheels, and Just for Girls. He now serves as pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Port Tampa.

He is married to Mildred Moten-Golden, the owner of two small businesses in Bradenton. They have six children and twelve grandchildren, all of whom attended or are attending Manatee County Public Schools.

Richard Tatem

Professional and Personal Highlights

Previous Experience

  1. Born and raised in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton
  2. Distinguished graduate (top 15%), United States Air Force Academy (USAF) Academy, 1988
  3. Gerhart Graduate Scholarship recipient: one year of post graduate study at the French Political Science Institute, Paris, France + one year of study at Middlebury College, Parisian Campus, MA in French
  4. USAF Pilot: KC-135, TG-4, TG-7, MQ-9 Reaper drone
  5. Five years of commercial airline pilot experience
  6. Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Instructor of English, USAF Academy
  7. National Strategy for Aviation Security Coordinator, HQ NORAD/NORTHCOM
  8. Deputy Division Chief, Air Force Reserve Command A8V – responsible for the planning, budgeting, and execution of Air Force Reserve remotely piloted aircraft, intelligence, cyber, and command and control assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars
  9. Leadership workshop developer and facilitator, USAF Profession of Arms Center of Excellence – check out a motivational video here!
  10. Instructor of French, State College of Florida, Bradenton Campus
  11. Packer and meal deliverer, Manatee County Food Bank and Meals on Wheel.

Current Experience

  1. Executive Coach, the Arbinger Institute
  2. Substitute teacher, Sarasota Military Academy High School
  3. PhD in the humanities student, Faulkner University (Christian)
  4. Meal packer and deliverer, FELT (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) Manatee County

Chantal Wilford

My Education

After graduating from public high school in the US, I spent seven years living in Europe either as a college student or teacher. I studied pedagogy for two years in the Netherlands, then earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Honours degree in French, Russian, and Linguistics from the University of Durham in England. I subsequently earned a certificate to Teach English as a Foreign Language to Adults (TEFLA) in France where I taught for two years at businesses and a university in and around Paris before I returned to the US for a year of post-graduate training as a translator and interpreter at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.

My Work

After grad school, I translated mainly legal, academic and medical/pharmaceutical texts from Dutch & French into English from 1997 to about 2020. In the fall of 2005, the year we moved to Manatee County, I became certified as a childbirth educator and birth doula and have provided birth preparation classes and labor support services to hundreds of families in Manatee and Sarasota counties. I loved having the flexibility to balance translation work from home for clients around the world with birth doula services for women and their families right here in my community.

My Family

I met my husband, Andrew, in my final year of university studies in England as he was completing his Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in Mathematics. We have four children who were all home educated until 5th grade, which means we spent 14 consecutive years homeschooling one or more children in Manatee County. All of our children transitioned to Manatee County public schools for fifth grade, then went on to middle and high schools, all in District 5. 

We have always been actively involved in our children’s education, whether through home school or public school. Andrew was even honored as an outstanding volunteer by the district in 2015 for leading a coding club at a middle school. We have had one or more children in Manatee County public schools for 10 years and have 7 years left to go. We currently have one child in elementary school, two in high school and one at the University of Florida. 

My Volunteer Work

Over the years, my community volunteer work has included raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, visiting a hospital weekly with a certified “dogtor” to cheer patients, serving on an HOA Board, volunteering at All Faiths Food Bank, fostering for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, and serving as a leader of our local Sarasota chapter of the Holistic Moms Network from its inception in 2005 to its closure in 2015 to help parents learn from local experts about conscious parenting, green living and holistic health.


from The Federalist

How Joe Biden (and Susan Price) Plan to Rig the Midterm Elections


Mollie Hemingway recently reported in "The Federalist" that the Biden administration has hatched a scheme to rig the 2022 Midterm elections. She suggested that all 600 Federal Agencies have been ordered in March of last year to submit plans on how to  “expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process” .  Ms Hemingway reveals that many of these agencies have not been transformed into massive a Get Out the Vote apparatus of the Democrat party targeting urban areas and lower income voters.  The entire enterprise is very disturbing and worthy of your review.  To read the full article, please click on the button below.


Sign Up for the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Logic and Accuracy Test, August 9, 2022 at 9am


Florida Statute Chapter IX, Section 101.5612 "Testing of tabulating equipment." instructs each Supervisor of Elections to test a sample of the election tabulation equipment for the public prior to every election.  For the Manatee County primary elections, this "Logic and Accuracy" (L&A) test will be conducted on August 9, 2022 starting at 9am at the Supervisor of Elections Office.  If you are interested in attending this session as part of a group from Manatee Patriots, we ask you to please fill out a registration form.  This will enable Mike's office to better manage the event.  To sign up, simply click on the convenient button below.


Mission: Self Defense, LLC is hosting an Open Range Day at Manatee Gun & Archery Club from 9 AM to 4 PM on SUNDAY JULY 24th 


All experience levels are welcome! We have a private outdoor gun range reserved for the day! This is an opportunity for you to come out and do some informal firearms training with our team or just to "work out some kinks" in your weapon system..  


The cost is $30 per shooter**. Arrive at any time and stay for as long as you’d like! We will provide targets and a safe training environment for the day. If interested, we can also offer one-on-one instruction for an additional fee. 


Once on the property follow the dirt/gravel road past the front office along the edge of the property until you see our banner. Upon arrival please check in with Dave, Jeremy, or Tom. We’ll have you fill out a waiver form and collect the $30 fee. We accept cash, check, credit card, and Venmo. From there we’ll work to get you on the firing line. 


Event will take place rain or shine, hot or cold. Please bring your own firearm(s), ammo, eye & ear protection, closed toe shoes, sun protection, drinks/snacks. If you have a holster for your handgun – bring it.  




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** The cost of the range rental has been increased by MGAC.  

MGAC has also imposed a “no later than 7 days from reservation” cancellation policy. If we don’t have adequate RSVP sign-ups by July 17th, then we’ll be forced to cancel the date. Any prior RSVP respondents will be notified should the need arise. 

Manatee Gun & Archery Club Location: 
1805 Logue Road, Myakka City, FL 34251                                              


Reminder:  Poll Watcher Training Now Offered 4 Nights Per Week!



The Republican Party of Florida, in association with the Republican National Committee, is offering free training on how to become a credentialed Poll Watcher.  The sessions are delivered via Zoom Meeting and are entirely free of charge.  Training begins at 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays evenings and runs about an hour.  This crucial training delivered by an RPOF Election Attorney and is a no-nonsense session of Do's and Dont's.  To learn more about these sessions and to sign up to be a Poll Watcher volunteer with the Republican Party this election season, simply click on the button below:


2 Great Events from the Manatee County Republican Liberty Caucus

Our friend Kevin Wright informs us that there 2 upcoming events you don't want to miss.  Check out the flyers below and mark your calendars!



                         Written by Christopher Carman

7-month Manatee County Voter Registration Update for 7/15/2022 

                    Registered Voters     Registered Voters 

                        as of 7/15/22         as of 12/15/2021    Difference 

 Republicans:      121,114                     119,684            +1350   Democrats:         79,098                       80,785             -1687 

 Others:                75,186                       73,784            +1402 

 Total:                  275,398                     273,892           +1065 


These are the overall numbers after new registrations, updated registrations, and the voter purge of those who have not voted in 8 years, those who have died, and those who have moved and no longer live in Manatee County are all taken into consideration. 

 The percentages of voters in each category tells a better tale.                                                     7/15/2022     12/15/2021

 % Republican                     43.97%         43.65% 

 % Democrats                      28.72%         29.44% 

 NPA/Minor Parties               27.30%         26.89% 

 and others

Overall, Manatee County is getting Redder with the addition of

new voters locally and those moving into the county from out of state. It is also getting redder as many NPA/Minor Party voters realize they will not have a "VOICE" in the Republican Primary (which often decides the winner well before the November election) unless they change their party affiliation. There are a few (Democrats) that want to change parties so they can influence getting the LEAST Conservative Republican elected (RINO) against a MORE Conservative Republican, if the primary will decide the winner before the general election in November.

*Data collected from the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Website over a period of 8 months web site


Don't miss the "thinking person's" conservative talk radio show, the Justin American Radio Hour. The show airs on AM 1490 Bradenton every Wednesday evening, from 8:05-9 pm Eastern time. You can also listen online at and watch on Facebook Live, For this upcoming show on Wednesday, July 20th, the broadcast will be a repeat of one of my favorite shows. The show features Tania Gorman, Florida's BLEXIT Director, and focuses and racial and identity in society and in our schools. Keep on supporting patriotic small businesses and local media, and we'll see you on the airwaves!


An Informed Citizenry is the best weapon against Tyranny!

Now more than ever, Conservatives need to be organized and informed.  There still remains a number of Manatee Patriots subscribers missing vital information. So we are providing a link so that you can update your information in order for us to keep you informed on important issues, meetings, and events.  To do so, simply click this link