Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Adam Putnam for Florida’s Next Governor

“Adam Putnam knows Florida best, and I know without a doubt he believes in free enterprise and economic opportunity for every single Floridian.”

– Mark Wilson, Florida Chamber of Commerce


ORLANDO, Fla. (May 3, 2018)— The Florida Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Adam Putnam for Governor. The announcement was made during a press conference in Orlando joined by business leaders from across Florida, including Will Weatherford, Weatherford Capital; Tracy Duda Chapman of A. Duda & Sons Inc.; and Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson.


The past eight years have been among the most prosperous in Florida’s history. With more than 1.5 million jobs created since 2010, an expected $1 trillion economy by the end of 2018, and an education system that is continuously improving, Florida voters continue to tell us that Florida is moving in the right direction.


Looking at the next eight years, Florida needs a leader who knows Florida and can keep Florida’s momentum going. Adam Putnam is that leader.


“I am proud to have the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Florida Chamber has a long and proven history of supporting businesses across the state, and I look forward to working alongside the Florida Chamber to ensure Florida continues to build on its legacy as the most business-friendly state in the nation,” said PUTNAM. “As Governor, I will restore vocational, career and technical education in middle schools and high schools so that every Floridian has the skills they need to pursue good paying careers and find their piece of the American Dream right here in Florida. Together, we will continue to strengthen our workforce and provide opportunities for our young people to ensure Florida remains as the best place to do businesses.”


As we focus on securing Florida’s future, local businesses need to create 1.7 million new jobs in the next 12 years. Adam Putnam has a plan to grow jobs, increase infrastructure initiatives and keep taxes low for Florida’s current and future residents.


TRACY DUDA CHAPMAN, Past Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Senior Vice President of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., said: “As a fifth generation Floridian who grew up on his family’s cattle ranch and citrus groves, I know firsthand that there is no one as committed to putting Florida first than Adam Putnam.”


During his time in public service, Adam Putnam has prioritized fostering the growth and diversification of Florida. He has expanded access to Florida’s abundance of fresh produce, seafood and other products; secured a stable, reliable and diverse supply of energy; protected the quantity and quality of the Florida’s water supply, and safeguarded consumers from deceptive business practices.


“Adam Putnam is a leader who believes and creates opportunities for all Floridian’s,” said WILL WEATHERFORD, Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Chair and Managing Partner of Weatherford Capital. “Today we stand united with Adam Putnam and pledge our support of Florida’s next Governor.”


“Adam Putnam is the leader Florida needs to keep Florida’s momentum going. Adam Putnam knows Florida best, and I know without a doubt he believes in free enterprise and economic opportunity for every single Floridian,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Adam Putnam believes in Florida and the Florida Chamber believes in Adam Putnam.”


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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, 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 Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit for more information.


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