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Prominent local political donor, businessman found dead in Atlantic Beach

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A prominent Northeast Florida businessman and well-known political donor has died.

According to multiple sources, Kent Stermon was found dead in his car at the Mayport Post Office in Atlantic Beach on Thursday night. He was 50 years old.

Police said foul play is not suspected in the death. Florida Politics reported that Stermon had been dealing with health issues and had suffered a stroke on Monday.

Former State Representative Travis Cummings told News4JAX he and Stermon were college roommates and close friends.

“My family and the NE Florida community are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Kent Stermon. I would ask that everyone have Christie and Abbie in their thoughts and prayers, while respecting their privacy. I don’t think Kent’s contributions to our community, our first responders and to those in need will ever be fully known or realized,” Cummings wrote in a statement to News4JAX.

Stermon served as a board member on Florida’s State University System. According to the board website, Stermon was president of Total Military Management and also served on the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council and was chair of the Governor’s Public Safety Transition Advisory Committee.

A long-time friend to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Mayor Lenny Curry, Stermon was a well-connected political consultant for the Duval County GOP.

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters issued a statement on Stermon’s death.

“My condolences go out to the Stermon family during their time of loss. Without a doubt, their grief is going to be overwhelming, and my heart goes out to them,” Waters said.

DeSantis’ communications director, Taryn Fenske, sent News4JAX a statement.

“The Governor and First Lady were shocked and saddened to hear of Kent’s passing, and their prayers (and our entire office’s prayers) are with his family during this difficult time,” the statement reads.

JSO said the incident involving his death is being investigated by the Atlantic Beach Police Department. Any further information related to this would need to be directed to them.

In 2015, Stermon was named Citizen of the Year by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

News4JAX has reached out to the Duval GOP and other local leaders for comment.

Prominent local political donor and businessman Kent Stermon (center in white shirt) with former Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and others in 2015. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.)

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