Christian media publishers Steve and Joy Strang are hosting a fundraiser to kick off the re-election campaign of Republican state Rep. Scott Plakon Thursday evening in Lake Mary.

The Strangs, owners of Charisma Media, publishers of magazines and books including best-sellers based on Christian values, will be joined by Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, 18th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Phil Archer, and 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Blaise Trettis in hosting the fundraiser.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Charisma Media offices in Lake Mary.

Plakon, of Longwood, is seeking re-election in Florida House District 29, covering northwest Seminole County. Three Democrats are running, Darryl Block of Lake Mary, Patrick Brandt of Longwood, and Tracey Kagan of Longwood.

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