In a new policy manifesto, Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Denise Grimsley is letting supporters and other know she’ll “get it done.”
Grimsley on Wednesday released an e-book, “Let’s Get it Done: Denise Grimsley on the Issues,” which “details the comprehensive policy proposals she offers in running and managing the key Cabinet post,” a press release said.
“The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is a Cabinet agency with approximately 4,000 employees and more than a dozen divisions, and the next commissioner will have an important vote along with the governor on matters,” Grimsley said in a statement.
“This post deserves a conservative Republican candidate who has done their homework and is ready to step into the role with a comprehensive understanding of the issues and challenges – from agriculture to consumer protection – the next commissioner will face and have to tackle,” she added.
“As our Republican primary voters look for guidance in the race, I am demonstrating I am that candidate through ‘Let’s Get it Done’ and as I continue to meet with Floridians on the campaign trail.”
The e-book “includes her thoughts and policy proposals; vision for rural Florida; the Second Amendment; consumer protections and her effort to stop illegal telemarketing calls; young farmers; water; foreign trade; veterans; and, the energy office.”
Grimsley, currently a state senator, describes herself as a “conservative Republican from Florida’s Heartland.”
“Before entering politics, Grimsley served as vice president and COO of her family business, Grimsley Oil Company, and is a fifth-generation Floridian involved in the citrus and ranching industries,” the release says. “She is also a registered nurse and hospital administrator, as well as a businesswoman. She has one daughter and two grandchildren.”
Grimsley faces Lehigh Acres state Rep. Matt Caldwell, former state Rep. Baxter Troutman, and retired U.S. Army Col. Mike McCalister in the Aug. 28 Republican primary. The winner of that contest will go up against one of three Democratic hopefuls: Nikki Fried, Jeff Porter and David Walker.
Grimsley and Caldwell have been the standouts on the Republican side, with each raising more than $2 million between their campaign accounts and political committees.
Grimsley has started putting some of that cash to work by rolling out her first TV ad, where she pledges to take a hard-line approach on scam phone calls and “put the crooks behind them behind bars.” The ad also touts her strong support among law enforcement and firefighters — at last count she’d received the support of 33 Republican county sheriffs as well as the Florida State Fraternal Order of Police and Florida Professional Firefighters.
The e-book is below.