Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Six Senate Incumbents Campaigning for Reelection

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Six Senate Incumbents Campaigning for Reelection

TALLAHASSEE, FL (August 20, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive, and today endorsed a bipartisan list of six Senate incumbents running for reelection this year.

These Senate champions have a strong track record of securing Florida’s future by increasing access to healthcare, and working to fix our broken legal system, while fighting back against job-killing regulations. These endorsements are based, in large part, on Senator’s grades earned on The Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card.

“The Florida Chamber has a long-standing reputation of endorsing incumbent candidates who continue to drive sound policy for Florida business that makes Florida more competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “In difficult times, we are reminded of the importance of having Senators that will make Florida’s future a priority, focusing on job creation and further economic opportunity for everyone. We trust these Senators to continue doing just that.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators.

“These Senators have a proven track record of leadership necessary to continuously advance commonsense, pro-business efforts,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Their tireless and steadfast commitment to free enterprise principles make us proud to endorse their reelection campaigns.”

The Florida Chamber is proud to stand alongside the following Senators, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting them reelected.

District 1: Senator Doug Broxson
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the leaders of the business community at the Florida Chamber of Commerce. They have been trusted and unrelenting partners of mine as we have worked together to create the competitive business climate necessary for job growth and economic opportunity across our state.”

District 7: Senator Travis Hutson
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by The Florida Chamber. Working with the Chamber we are able to create economic opportunities for Florida businesses to thrive. By limiting government overreach and focusing fiscal responsibility, Florida continues to be a destination for businesses. I look forward to working with the Chamber as we seek business-friendly solutions to rebuild our economy in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.”

District 11: Senator Randolph Bracy
“Florida’s has the 17th largest economy in the world, which is linked to the Florida Chamber’s role in job creation, business development, and attraction of new industries. I look forward to working with the Chamber to build back our economy from the pandemic. Thank you for your endorsement.”

District 17: Senator Debbie Mayfield
“Small business is the cornerstone of our economy and the engine that powers job creation in Florida. I’m proud to partner with The Florida Chamber of Commerce to promote good public policy that reduces regulations, keeps taxes low and ends frivolous lawsuits so businesses in Florida can thrive and people can get back to work.”

District 23: Senator Joe Gruters
“Now more than ever we need to help our small businesses rebound and recover from the pandemic. I am honored to be endorsed by an organization that shares similar values as we work to reignite Florida’s economy and create good-paying jobs for Floridians across the Sunshine State.”

District 25: Senator Gayle Harrell
“Standing side by side with the Florida business community to help businesses of all sizes recover from the economic ravages of the pandemic is more important now, than ever. I thank the Florida Chamber for their endorsement and representing the business community to making sure we keep Florida’s economy open and safely get people back to work.” 

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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 www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.