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 Endorses 34 Additional Pro-Business, Pro-Jobs Candidates for the Florida House and Senate

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – Continuing on its efforts to elect pro-jobs, pro-business candidates, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces an additional 34 candidate endorsements in competitive races for the Florida Legislature. Today’s latest round of endorsements is part of a larger Florida Chamber effort to help elect candidates that support private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“Now more than ever, we are reminded that Florida is in a position to lead if we are brave enough to choose those who will put Florida’s long-term needs first,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We believe each Florida Chamber endorsed candidate will use their unique perspective to help grow jobs and economic opportunity for Floridians, and continue to make Florida the best play to visit, live, work and play.”

Candidates Endorsed Today for the Florida Senate Include:

 

Candidates Endorsed Today for the Florida House Include:

 

Today’s candidate endorsement announcement brings the total number of Florida Chamber endorsed candidates to 110. To see a complete list of all candidates endorsed, click here.

Each candidate was evaluated through a rigorous candidate interview questionnaire and interview process. The Florida Chamber believes the only way to secure Florida’s future is by electing those candidates who put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests.

Floridians can visit www.FloridaWins.org to view videos of candidates running for House and Senate, get polling information, register to vote and more.

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Byron Donalds for Florida House

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Byron Donalds for Florida House District 80.

“Byron Donalds fought for Florida in Washington and we believe he will continue to do the same in Tallahassee,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse him today for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests.  As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Donalds will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“As the father of three, I want to ensure Florida is the state where my children can find great jobs,” said BYRON DONALDS. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce has been leading the way to promote policies to grow our economy. I’m greatly honored that they believe that I am the candidate in this race that promotes their values.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Wengay Newton, Sr. for Florida House

  

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Wengay Newton, Sr. for Florida House District 70.

“Wengay Newton, Sr. is a strong advocate for education efforts in our state,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse him today for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests. As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Newton will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber,” WENGAY NEWTON said. “I feel now is the time for good people to set up for our state’s future. I’m looking forward to working hard and securing the economic future of House District 70.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Tom Leek for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Tom Leek for Florida House District 25.

“Tom Leek understands the need for free enterprise principles to keep jobs and businesses in our state growing,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Tom Leek for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests.  As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Leek will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“As a business person and someone who hopes to make our legislature work for small businesses in all corners of our state, I am proud to have the Florida Chamber of Commerce in my corner,” said TOM LEEK. “The Florida Chamber has been a leader on key issues for businesses throughout Florida, particularly as they address the need for real solutions and necessary stability in our workers’ compensation system.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Stanley McClain, Jr. for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Stanley McClain, Jr. for Florida House District 23.

“Stanley McClain, Jr. understands the need for free enterprise principles in order to keep Florida competitive,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Stanley McClain, Jr. for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests. As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes McClain will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“I am honored to have the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce,” said STANLEY McCLAIN, Jr. “A strong economy and education system are essential for Florida to remain prosperous into the future. I look forward to working with the Florida Chamber on policies that will strengthen and promote free enterprise and prepare our workforce for the 21st Century economy.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Sheri Treadwell for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Sheri Treadwell for Florida House District 11.

“Sheri Treadwell’s experience in the U.S. Department of Commerce has given her a unique perspective on what Florida businesses need from policies in order to grow and remain successful,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Sheri Treadwell for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests.  As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Treadwell will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“I am honored to have the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce,” said SHERI TREADWELL. “Strengthening Florida’s business climate means increased opportunity for everyone, and I look forward to working with the Florida Chamber to promote initiatives that will put more people to work in Florida.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Sam Killebrew for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Sam Killebrew for Florida House District 41.

“Sam Killebrew understands the need for free enterprise principles in order to keep jobs and businesses in our state growing,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Sam Killebrew for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests.  As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Killebrew will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“As a 45-year business owner in Polk County, I have experienced firsthand the true benefits that the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and our local chambers, provide to businesses in our community,” said SAM KILLEBREW. “The Florida Chamber has worked tirelessly with the Legislature to craft policy enabling business to flourish, and Florida citizens to have meaningful job opportunities.  I’m honored to have the support and endorsement of the Florida Chamber and look forward to working with them to better the lives of the residents of District 41.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Robert Rommel for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Robert Rommel for Florida House District 106.

“As a business owner, we believe Robert Rommel will continue to advocate for a competitive business climate in our state,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse him today for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests. As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Rommel will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“As a businessman, I greatly appreciate the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce,” said ROBERT ROMMEL. “I look forward to partnering with them to expand our economic horizons and make Florida a place where anyone who wants to work can find a good job.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Ricardo Rangel for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Ricardo Rangel for Florida House District 43.

“Ricardo Rangel worked with the business community when he served in the Legislature previously and we look forward to continuing on this path,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to today endorse Ricardo Rangel for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests.  As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Rangel will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“It is a great honor to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce,” RICARDO RANGEL. “We have worked together on many bills that include economic development and strengthening small businesses. I look forward to working with them in the future to build a stronger workforce.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rebecca Smith for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Rebecca Smith for Florida House District 60.

“Rebecca Smith is a small business owner who understands the need for free enterprise principles in our state,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to seeing her hard work and dedication translated to the Florida House. The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Rebecca Smith for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests. As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Smith will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.  The Florida Chamber serves as a leading voice on the issues facing our state.  I am grateful for the Chamber’s strong leadership on issues which will secure Florida’s future and provide Florida’s families opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.  I am humbled by today’s announcement and look forward to working with the Florida Chamber on policies that will make our community’s future even brighter,” said REBECCA SMITH.

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Randy Fine for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Randy Fine for Florida House District 53.

“Randy Fine understands the need for free enterprise principles in order to keep jobs and businesses in our state growing,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Randy Fine for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests. As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Fine will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“I have spent my entire career as an entrepreneur and understand that, without a vibrant business community, we will not generate the jobs and public revenues that enable the quality of life we all aspire to,” said RANDY FINE. “Few endorsements are as meaningful as those of your peers, and I look forward to working closely with my fellow business leaders at the Florida Chamber to make Florida the best place in America to start, build, and grow a business.”

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Nick Duran for Florida House

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of Nick Duran for Florida House District 112.

“Nick Duran’s commitment to early learning initiatives, we believe, will be an invaluable resource for the Florida House,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Nick Duran for the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber believes that to secure Florida’s future, Florida must elect candidates that put the long-term needs of our state ahead of short-term interests. As a pro-jobs, pro-business candidate, the Florida Chamber believes Duran will put Florida families and job creators in the driver’s seat by supporting private-sector job creation and economic growth.

“I’m so proud to have the Florida Chamber’s endorsement and look forward to working together to ensure our state is positioned to recruit and develop a highly skilled and educated workforce so that our businesses can compete and thrive in the national and global marketplace,” said NICK DURAN.

View the Florida Chamber’s full list of endorsed candidates here.

 

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