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 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.

 

One Million New Jobs In Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 18, 2015) – Below is a statement from Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, regarding today’s announcement that Florida has secured one million new jobs since December 2010.

“The Florida Chamber of Commerce congratulates Florida’s job creators for creating one million private-sector jobs in the last five years, and Governor Rick Scott for his leadership in creating a business climate favorable for job creation. Making Florida first for private-sector jobs is good for Florida’s families and our state’s economy.

The Florida Chamber looks forward to working with Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature to make Florida even more competitive, further strengthening our state’s business climate, and to continue securing Florida’s future.”

 

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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.