Florida Chamber Endorses Ron DeSantis as Florida’s Next Governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 27, 2018)— Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Ron DeSantis as Florida’s next governor during a press conference held in conjunction with the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum.

Florida’s economy is among the envy of the nation.  This year alone, Florida surpassed a $1 trillion-dollar economy, maintained an unemployment rate lower than the national average, and welcomed over 16 million visitors.  Voters continue to tell us that Florida is moving in the right direction. As the race for governor moves closer, it’s important now more than ever, that we elect a leader who can keep Florida’s forward momentum going.

As a native Floridian, Ron DeSantis understands the concerns of Florida business owners and families and will fight to enact policies that allow more high-wage jobs, improve Florida’s education system and protect Florida’s main attraction: water.

Jeanette Nuñez, Ron DeSantis’ running mate, and Florida’s first Cuban-American woman to be selected as a candidate for Florida Lieutenant Governor, joined this endorsement announcement. During her time in the Florida House of Representatives, Jeanette Nuñez earned a lifetime average grade of 94 percent on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card. Her efforts to increase access to affordable education made her a Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate Award recipient in 2013.

What Florida Leaders Are Saying

Ron DeSantis: “I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber. I’m committed to building on our state’s success by keeping taxes low, reducing burdensome regulations, and diversifying our economy with industries such as manufacturing and financial services. As Governor, I will always work to create more high-paying jobs for Floridians and make Florida the best state in the country for business. I look forward to working with the Florida Chamber to accomplish these things and more.”

Will Weatherford, Chair, Florida Chamber Political Council: “As we focus on securing Florida’s future, local businesses will need to create 1.7 million net new jobs by 2030. Ron DeSantis has a plan to help make Florida more competitive, to help ensure families can prosper through job creation and a strong economy, and to help ensure Florida’s business climate remains strong and vibrant. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to endorse Ron DeSantis as Florida’s next Governor.”

Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce: “Florida is changing. Our economy continues to strengthen, our population is growing, and in order to keep Florida moving into the next eight years with as much positive growth as the last eight, voters must get to the polls and elect leaders, like Ron DeSantis. The number one action Floridians can take to help the outcome of this election is to vote, because nothing less than Florida’s future is at stake.”


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