Kessler Creative played host to a gathering of Northeast Florida business owners and community leaders last evening in support of a long-time Kessler Creative customer, Javier Manjarres.

Javi, as he’s known to family and friends is a 2018 Republican Candidate for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District of The United States House of Representatives.

Manjarres, publisher of a South Florida-based conservative political website, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch, who represents most of Broward and Southeast Palm Beach counties.

Well known in political circles, Manjarres was named the top national conservative blogger by the Conservative Political Action Committee in 2011. He’s best known for hosting and operating the Shark-Tank.com website. He also works as a political consultant.

“We have reached a major crossroads in our nation’s history. We can either choose the path of greater government accountability, economic prosperity and freedom, or we can continue along the path of failure, caused by the corrupt political establishment in Washington D.C.,” Manjarres wrote recently in a message to his supporters.

Manjarres, 45, the son of Colombian immigrants, was born in Flushing, N.Y., graduated from Coral Springs High School and now lives in Ft. Lauderdale. As a first-generation American, he credits his conservative political philosophy to his parents who legally immigrated to the United States from Colombia and raised him with strict conservative values.

“My story is no different than yours and that of millions of Americans,” Manjarres explained to the Kessler Creative reception attendees; “I am the proud son of two American parents who immigrated from Colombia to our country with the same dream that many others have … But that American Dream that we strive to obtain is under assault.”

Manjarres’ website is votejavi.com.