Meet Our Supervisor
|“Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.”
Like many of his staff, our Supervisor of Elections migrated from North to South, where he now calls Charlotte County home. The Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis was born in New York City, NY in 1952. He moved to New Jersey at the age of ten. In 1975 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Paul attended Drake University School of Law, in Des Moines, Iowa. Upon graduation in 1983, he took and passed the bar exam in three states, Iowa, New Jersey and Florida. He practiced law for twenty-two years in New Jersey including appointment as a Municipal Court Judge in Hazlet, NJ for two three-year terms.
The Judge's in-laws moved to Port Charlotte in 1975. In 1976 they purchased The Bay Vista restaurant in Englewood. It was during this time that he developed a passion for Charlotte County.
Among his accomplishments, Paul takes pride in being part of the original founders of the Dormition of the Mother of God Church (Kimisis Tis Theotokou), in Holmdel, NJ. Along with being one of the founders, he also served as President of the church for five years. Membership has grown to over 1,000, represented by the approximately 400 families that currently attend.
He is a former Director of the Punta Gorda Historical Society, Charlotte County Historical Society, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, and the Englewood Gardens Homeowner's Association. Other endeavors include being a "Proud Supporter" event coordinator for the Wounded Warrior Project, a Sunday School Teacher, and a "Big Brother" in the Suncoast Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. He is a member of the Chambers of Commerce of Charlotte County, Punta Gorda and Englewood, the Charlotte County, Punta Gorda and Lemon Bay Historical Societies, the Lemon Bay Conservancy, and the Veterans Motor Car Club of America. He is a graduate of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Department Citizen's Police Academy. Paul has been invited to speak as guest lecturer and speaker at numerous public events and ceremonies, including serving as "Keynote Speaker" to the Raritan High School graduating class of 1992, and the Murdock Middle School National Junior Honor Society, class of 2012.
Our Supervisor is a member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) and has served on its Bylaws and Advertising Committees, State Legislative Committee and the Voting Center Task Force.
On February 22, 2011 our Supervisor received "Special Qualifications" status through certification by the Division of Elections, after attending 12 regional certification classes, passing a written exam, and conducting two successful elections. He has been granted Level I, Level II, & Level III certification by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections and in 2013 was recognized as a "Master Florida Certified Election Professional" (MFCEP), the highest certification bestowed by that organization. In 2018, the Charlotte SOE website was recognized as one of the "Top Five Most Successful" in Florida by the MFCEP program of FSASE.
Paul has also been involved in the Ad Hoc Committee to Incorporate Englewood. He has served as a guest speaker on the subject of municipal incorporation before the "Leadership Englewood" program in 2008 and 2009. Also in 2009, he was awarded the Charlotte County Public School's "Outstanding Mentoring" award for his creation of the "Great American Comeback" School Outreach Program. The program educates our young Americans on the enormous contribution and sacrifices our founders made to the creation of our nation.
To honor Charlotte County's over 22,000 military veterans, and to promote an initiative in our younger citizens to participate in the democratic process, our Supervisor instituted his unique version of the "Vote in Honor of a Vet" Program in 2009. During visits to all secondary schools in the county, students between the ages of 16 and 18 are offered the opportunity to pre-register, and upon reaching the age of 18, vote in honor of a veteran of their choice. They are given a facsimile "dog tag" of the veteran they have chosen as a reminder of their pledge. There are currently 96 veterans and 80 students enrolled in this innovative program.
In 2015, Judge Stamoulis was invited to join the "Community Unity Task Force" by Rev. Louis Anderson of the Faith Baptist Church. The group, composed of community and governmental leaders, meets monthly to exchange information with the goal of promoting racial harmony in Charlotte County.
In 2017, Paul instituted his highly popular adult education class entitled "Politics and Government, Strange Bedfellows." The one hundred and fifty enrollees who attended this 10 week program studied all aspects of the subject beginning with readings from Aristotle and Plato and ending with the current President of the United States. The Class has since evolved into the "Gray Eagles Adult Education School" with additional programs and services planned for the future.
The same year, our Supervisor and his trusty and talented staff transformed the "Old Historic Court House" into a winter wonderland complete with theme-decorated trees, the Grinch, Elf on the Shelf, Christmas Stories with Mrs. Claus and, of course, Santa himself. All trees and decorations were donated by members of our community, and an enjoyable holiday event was had by all. The event has grown larger every year with over 800 children, parents and grandparents attending this fun event in 2019.
Our former Judge has supervised 17 error-free elections, including the first-ever 2018 statewide recount, which was on-time and 100% accurate.
Married for thirty six years to his wife Janina, they have one daughter, Elizabeth. Valedictorian of her high school class, she graduated from Dartmouth College summa cum laude, Phi Betta Kappa, and from Stanford Law School. Liz is a 2019 winner of the Business Observer's "40 under 40," a five-time "Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star," and Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce 2020 "Young Professional of the Year." She currently is a partner at the law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, FL.
Paul’s appreciation for nostalgia and history, dedication to his chosen community and civic-minded approach to life are the essential tools that will assist him with this next chapter. With love of country and pride in America, he thanks all residents of Charlotte County for allowing him the opportunity to serve them. Paul takes pride in returning all his emails, he may be reached at [email protected].