Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Matt Caldwell as Florida’s Next Commissioner of Agriculture

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 18, 2018) — The Florida Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Matt Caldwell for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner.

 

“Matt Caldwell is a seventh generation Floridian with roots firmly planted in Florida’s agriculture community. His public service and dedication to ensuring Florida’s job creators and our economy remain strong are priorities that are good for Florida families,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to endorse Matt Caldwell.”

 

Matt Caldwell is dedicated to helping Florida’s small businesses grow, keeping Florida’s families safe and supporting one of Florida’s most important foundational industries; agriculture.

“The Florida Chamber endorsement is an honor to receive. Florida’s businesses and consumers alike need a tireless advocate with a proven track record and principled leadership to be the next Commissioner,” Rep. Caldwell said. “There’s a right way and a wrong way to do the Commissioner’s job, and I will fight for more jobs, low taxes, policy know-how, and the future of all 21 million Floridians—no shortcuts.”

An eight-year veteran of the Florida Legislature, Rep. Caldwell has led, funded, sponsored, and authored policy on issues as diverse as water, natural resources, environmental restoration, growing jobs, cutting taxes, assisting veterans, criminal justice reform, and promoting Florida agriculture.

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner is one of four cabinet members who regularly votes on issues impacting all Floridians. Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner is vital to the foundation of Florida’s economy. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services helps the agricultural industry with its daily challenges, promotes Florida’s agricultural commodities, manages state forests, safeguards consumers, implements the school lunch program, and oversees the concealed-weapon license system, among many other responsibilities.

 

 

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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.

 

Florida Chamber Endorses Ashley Moody for Florida’s Next Attorney General

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 28, 2018)— Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Ashley Moody as Florida’s next Attorney General during the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting in Orlando.

As a fifth generation Floridian, Ashley Moody understands the need to keep Florida’s families and communities safe.

Before being appointed as the youngest judge in Florida, Ashley Moody began her legal career with Holland & Knight, practicing commercial litigation. From there she moved to become a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office where she was recognized by the DEA and Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement for her efforts in prosecuting violent and repeat offenders and her initiatives in drug law enforcement. Moody’s initiatives outside of the office, including her pro-bono work and mentorship program for at risk children, have earned her accolades from national Legal Services Corporation and the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida’s Attorney General is one of four cabinet members who regularly votes on issues impacting all Floridians. Florida’s Attorney General serves as the chief legal officer for the state of Florida and is in charge of protecting consumers from various forms of fraud and criminal activity such as drug trafficking, identity theft and more. Florida’s Attorney General also serves with other members of Florida’s Cabinet, as agency head for the Departments of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Law Enforcement, Revenue and Veterans Affairs.

What Florida Leaders Are Saying

Ashley Moody: “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce to become Florida’s next Attorney General. For more than a century, the Florida Chamber has served as the foundation of economic prosperity and entrepreneurship. As Florida’s next chief legal officer and top prosecutor, I will support the rule of law and a strong judicial system, the backbone of a vibrant and healthy economy.”

Bob Grammig, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce and Partner, Holland and Knight: “Ashley Moody is a brilliant legal mind and is compassionate for all Floridians. She has the toughness and integrity to be Florida’s next Attorney General.”

Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce: “Ashley Moody is more than qualified to help protect Florida’s families and job creators and move Florida forward. We look forward to seeing her continue her good work as part of the Florida Cabinet.”

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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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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 www.FloridaWins.org.


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 www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Announces Additional State House and Senate Endorsements

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

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 19, 2018)— The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced additional 2018 candidate endorsements in competitive races for the Florida House and Senate.

Today’s 20 endorsements are part of a larger Florida Chamber effort to help elect candidates that support private-sector job creation and economic growth. This is the second round of legislative endorsements for the 2018 election cycle. Additional rounds of House and Senate endorsements are expected before the general election.

“To help ensure Florida remains competitive, we need candidates that are focused on supporting jobs and the Floridians they employ,” 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.

“It is imperative that candidates who are focused on job creation and further economic growth for Floridians are elected to the legislature, and that legislators with proven track records of supporting policies aimed at enhancing Florida’s competitiveness are re-elected. The Florida Chamber is focused on keeping the momentum built under eight years of leadership from Gov. Scott going, and these endorsements represent the business community’s view of who we need as partners in the legislature to accomplish that mission.”

Floridians can learn more about candidates, key election dates and polling locations by visiting www.FloridaWins.org.

 

The Florida Chamber’s Second Round of Endorsements Includes:

Florida House Incumbents:

 

Florida Senate Incumbent:

 

Florida House Candidates:

 

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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 crucial to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FLChamber.com for more information. 136 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

 

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jimmy Patronis for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer

 

“CFO Patronis is concerned about fiscal accountability as well as protecting Floridians from shady activities that have led to rising home and auto insurance rates.”

– Mark Wilson, Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

TAMPA, Fla. (May 9, 2018)— Against the backdrop of the historic La Segunda Bakery in Ybor City, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Jimmy Patronis for Chief Financial Officer. The announcement was made by Florida Chamber CEO Mark Wilson, Mike Sheely of Allstate Insurance, and Representative Jackie Toledo.

A fourth generation Floridian, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is a public servant that’s focused on Floridians.

 

“I am so grateful for the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce in my bid for another term as Chief Financial Officer,” said CFO JIMMY PATRONIS. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Florida Chamber to further Governor Scott’s legacy of tax cuts and job creation. This will ensure all businesses, both large and small, have a friendly climate to grow our economy. Together, we must keep fighting for Florida businesses and the opportunities job creators provide for the families in our state.”

 

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer is one of four cabinet members that regularly votes on issues impacting all Floridians. Florida’s CFO oversees the Department of Financial Services, the Division of Consumer Services, the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, and more. It’s focused on protecting consumers from fraudulent insurance and financial activities, supporting first responders, protecting job creators and their identities, securing Florida’s “AAA” bond rating and more.

During his time in public service, CFO Patronis has been a member of the Public Service Commission, the Florida Ethics Commission, and recently the Constitution Revision Commission. He served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, consistently earning an “A” grade on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

As a partner in his family’s historic Captain Anderson’s Restaurant, CFO Patronis understands the important role this Cabinet level position plays in helping to keep Floridians protected during their times of need and ensuring Florida’s businesses continue to grow.

 

“Jimmy Patronis is a Floridian, born and raised in Panama City, Florida, who understands the needs of Florida’s families,” said JACKIE TOLEDO, Florida House of Representatives, District 60. “He is the leader that Florida needs to move forward for the next eight years.”

 

Florida needs a leader who can help keep us on the path of fiscal accountability, help reduce fraud that’s raising insurance rates, and ensure that Floridians have the resources they need to make informed financial decisions.

 

“CFO Patronis is especially concerned about protecting Floridians, and that’s a priority we can all support,” said MIKE SHEELY, Field Senior Vice President, Allstate Insurance Company. “I am proud to stand by the Florida Chamber’s endorsement of Jimmy Patronis as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer.”

 

“From ensuring that Floridians have the tools they need to make smart financial decisions to promoting an environment where businesses in Florida can continue to grow, Jimmy Patronis is on the front lines ensuring Florida continues to prosper,” said MARK WILSON, President & CEO, Florida Chamber. “We are proud to endorse Jimmy Patronis as Florida’s next Chief Financial Officer.”

 

Also joining the event was Copeland More a fourth-generation purveyor for La Segunda Bakery.

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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.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses 60 Pro-Business, Pro-Jobs Candidates for the Florida House and Senate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 7, 2018)— The Florida Chamber of Commerce today made its first-round of 2018 candidate endorsements in competitive races for the Florida House and Senate.

Today’s 60 endorsements are part of a larger Florida Chamber effort to help elect pro-jobs, pro-business candidates that support private-sector job creation and economic growth. Additional rounds of House and Senate endorsements are expected in the coming months.

“Electing pro-jobs, free-enterprise focused candidates to office can and does make a difference for Florida’s families and businesses,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Incumbent candidates who were endorsed today were evaluated on numerous factors, including their historical grades on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card. Additionally, the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) is currently hosting candidate interview sessions across Florida and is expected to interview more than 100 non-incumbent candidates, to identify candidates for all legislative offices.

“To secure Florida’s future, we need a legislature that focuses on free enterprise principles and job creation,” said FRANK WALKER, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber’s thorough endorsement process sends a strong signal that Florida families and small businesses can feel confident in supporting these candidates.”

Floridians can learn more about each candidate, key election dates and polling locations by visiting www.FloridaWins.org.

The Florida Chamber’s first round of endorsements includes:

 

Florida Senate:

 

Florida House of Representatives:

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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 crucial to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FLChamber.com for more information. 136 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
 

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 www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.