Florida Chamber of Commerce Announces Additional State House and Senate Endorsements Ahead of General Election

16 Pro-Jobs Candidates Receive the Business Community’s Support


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 13, 2018)— The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced additional 2018 candidate endorsements in competitive races for the Florida House and Senate.

Today’s 16 endorsements are part of a larger Florida Chamber effort to help elect candidates that support private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“As we saw during the primary election, election outcomes can be unpredictable, but it’s our job to make sure that voters stay informed about the best possible candidates to move Florida forward,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to support candidates that support free enterprise”.

Candidate endorsements were evaluated on numerous factors, including the historical grades of incumbents on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card. Additionally, candidates were interviewed as part of the Florida Chamber Political Institute’s (FCPI) Candidate Interviews. Interview sessions were conducted across Florida and included hundreds of non-incumbent candidates.

Floridians can learn more about candidates, key election dates and polling locations by visiting

The Florida Chamber’s latest endorsements include:


Florida House Candidates:

Raymond Blacklidge          

Anthony Sabatini

Chip LaMarca

Frank Mingo

Melony Bell

David Smith

Will Robinson

Ana Maria Rodriguez

Chuck Brannan

Dianne Hart

Tommy Gregory

Juan Alfonso Fernandez-Barquin

Tyler Sirois


Florida House Incumbents:

Matt Willhite

David Silvers


Florida Senate Candidates:

Gayle Harrell


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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit for more information.

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