John Newstreet gets retailers' group's endorsement in HD 44 race - Florida Politics

John Newstreet gets retailers’ group’s endorsement in HD 44 race

Republican John Newstreet continues to roll in the business association endorsements for state House District 44, picking up the backing of the Florida Retail Federation on Thursday.

Newstreet is vying to win the August 15 Republican primary to fill the empty HD 44 seat for western Orange County. He faces Bobby Olszewski, Bruno Portigliatti, and Usha Jain in that contest, with the winner set to take on Democrat Paul Chandler in October.

Newstreet is president and chief executive of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, and already has received the backing of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Florida Retailers Association.

“As the president of a local chamber and a business leader, John is familiar with the importance of supporting local businesses and ensuring they have the ability, resources and support to grow and succeed,” FRF President and Chief Executive Officer R. Scott Shalley stated in a news release issued by the organization. “We’re confident John will take this business-friendly focus with him as the new representative for House District 44 and we look forward to the opportunity to work with him in support of our members.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at
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