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Joe Biden backs Lauren Baer in CD 18

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he’s endorsing Democratic nominee Lauren Baer in Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

Baer is competing against Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast. Biden becomes the second former high-level official in the Barack Obama administration to endorse Baer this week after former Secretary of State John Kerry announced his support Monday.

Baer also served in the Obama administration as an adviser in the State Department. Biden referenced her experience there in his statement announcing the endorsement.

“Lauren Baer is exactly the kind of leader we need in Washington,” Biden said.

“Having served six years as a senior adviser in the State Department during the Obama-Biden Administration, she knows what it takes to get things done. I know that Lauren will fight every day for all the residents of Florida’s 18th district.”

Biden has earned buzz recently over a possible 2020 presidential run. He’s also entered the fray elsewhere in South Florida, backing Debbie Mucarsel-Powell as she competes with Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

Biden closed his pitch for Baer with a bipartisan appeal to voters.

“No matter your race, religion, or age, no matter who you are, or who you love, Lauren will have your back,” Biden added.

“It’s time we elect leaders who put the people first, not special interests.”

Baer has attempted to go after Mast recently over his environmental record and tax policies.

A survey last week from Public Policy Polling showed Baer within just three points of Mast. However, election analysts still see Mast as the favorite in November, rating the seat as “likely Republican.”

Independent businesses back Mike Miller in CD 7 race

The National Federation of Independent Businesses has endorsed Republican state Rep. Mike Miller in his quest to be elected to Florida’s 7th Congressional District, his campaign announced Tuesday.

In a letter to Miller, the NFIB stated, “As the voice of small business, NFIB knows that good small business policy starts with electing good small business candidates. Therefore, your election is critical to the small businesses in your district, and we look forward to working with you on issues most important to them – healthcare, regulations, and taxes.”

Miller is taking on Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy in CD 7, representing Seminole County and much of north and Central Orange County.

“I am proud to have NFIB’s endorsement of my campaign,” Miller said in a news release issued by his campaign. “Central Florida is home to countless successful small businesses and hardworking employers. In Washington, I will work to keep overreaching government regulation out of their business and continue the economic prosperity brought on by recent tax reform.”

Vern Buchanan touts fight against red tide in new ad

Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is out with a new ad touching on the red tide outbreak affecting Southwest Florida.

Titled, “Red Tide,” the 30-second spot touts Buchanan as the ideal candidate to tackle the red tide issue as he attempts to defend his seat in Florida’s 16th Congressional District.

“A pristine ocean is one of our region’s greatest treasures,” the ad’s narrator begins.

“But red tide is wreaking havoc on our community, threatening our health, marine wildlife and local economy. That’s why Congressman Vern Buchanan is leading the fight against red tide and toxic algae.

“Endorsed by Oceans Champions and the Humane Society, Vern understands that red tide is not a partisan issue, and we need all hands on deck to protect our quality of life.”

Back in 2007, Buchanan called for more federal funds to research algal blooms, such as the red tide. Earlier this year, Congress put forward $8 million as part of a bipartisan bill sponsored by Buchanan.

“People visit and move to Florida to enjoy our precious natural resources, especially a clean ocean,” Buchanan said.

“I will continue to fight for every last resource to combat red tide that has wreaked havoc on our economy, marine life, and environment.”

David Wilmot, president and co-founder of Oceans Champions, added a statement explaining why his group decided to back Buchanan over Democratic nominee David Shapiro.

“Congressman Buchanan has been leading the bipartisan fight against red tide and toxic algae,” Wilmot said.

“He understands what a clean ocean means to our economy, environment, and quality of life. We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the congressman and give him our full endorsement.”

Bobby Olszewski gets backing of firefighters’ union in HD 44 race

Republican state Rep. Bobby Olszewski has been endorsed by the Orange County Fire Fighters association in his re-election bid in Orange County’s House District 44, his campaign announced Monday.

“You have demonstrated support for the health and safety of our members by supporting the PTSD bill. For these reasons, our board feels that you are the best candidate to represent our men and women across the state of Florida and the citizens of District 44,” Andre Perez, president of the Orange County Fire Fighters Association, Local 2057 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, stated in a news release issued by Olszewski’s campaign.

He faces Democratic former state Sen. Geraldine Thompson in the Nov. 6 election. HD 44 covers southwest Orange County.

“I am honored to be endorsed by the Orange County Fire Fighters Association joining the previous support of both the Florida Professional Firefighters and the Winter Garden Professional Fire Firefighters for my re-election in Florida House District 44,” Olszewski stated in the news release. “The impact our first responders make for our community daily goes beyond measure and having the support of the men and women of the Orange County Fire Fighters Association is a source great of pride.”

Former Secretary of State John Kerry endorses Lauren Baer in CD 18

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is stepping into the race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District, backing Democratic candidate Lauren Baer.

Baer had previously worked as an adviser in the Barack Obama State Department.

In his endorsement, Kerry said the qualities he saw in Baer make her the right choice for CD 18 as she tries to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast.

“Lauren provided trusted counsel on a range of critical national security issues,” Kerry said, “and I witnessed first-hand her fierce advocacy for our values on the world stage

“She speaks out and fights for what’s right. I know that Lauren is a woman of principle who will do exactly the same in Washington.”

Joining Kerry in throwing support behind Baer were two other former Obama administration officials: Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power and former State Department Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan.

“I watched her every day fight for what was right, promoting the kind of U.S. leadership abroad that our children can be proud of,” Powers said.

“She has the knowledge, experience, and grit to take on our country’s biggest challenges. She has the strong moral compass and the resolve to cut through Washington’s red tape and improve the lives of her constituents. When I worked with Lauren, she didn’t rest until she got the job done, and as a member of Congress, I know she won’t rest until Washington is working for all of us again.”

“As a trusted senior advisor to the Secretary, [Baer] provided guidance that helped to keep our country safe and advance American values around the world,” Sullivan added.

“At a time when the threats to our national security are grave, and the need for U.S. leadership is great, her knowledge, experience, and judgment will be an asset to the people of Florida’s 18th District and the country as a whole.”

A recent survey from Public Policy Polling showed Baer within just three points of Mast. However, election analysts still see Mast as the favorite in November, rating the seat as “likely Republican.”

Gun control group backs Andrew Gillum for Governor

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, a group advocating for stricter gun control measures across the U.S., announced Friday it was endorsing Andrew Gillum in the race for Governor.

Volunteers for the Moms Demand Action, a subset of the Everytown organization, were on hand at Gillum’s campaign office in Broward County to announce their support for the Democrat in his race against former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Gaby Loewenstein, the Moms Demand Action deputy chapter lead for South Florida, spoke out about Gillum’s efforts regarding the group’s push for gun reform measures.

“Mayor Gillum has stood by our side the entire time,” Loewenstein said.

“As Governor, he will work to prohibit assault weapons, require a criminal background check on every gun sale in Florida, restrict gun access for people with dangerous histories and close the ‘boyfriend loophole’ to prohibit gun possession for those with domestic violence and stalking convictions.”

Gillum added: “Moms Demand and all of us in this state who believe in common, decent gun reform will have a champion in me.”

It’s no surprise Everytown is allied with Gillum over DeSantis in this race. DeSantis has made clear his positions on gun control.

Last month, he reportedly said a permit should not be required to openly carry guns in public. DeSantis has also said he would have vetoed the state law passed after the Stoneman Douglas shooting that added additional hurdles to purchase weapons in the state.

“The contrast between myself and my opponent on the issue of guns could not be any clearer,” Gillum said.

“I don’t believe that it is in any way extreme to say that if you want to carry the power of God at your waist belt, that you ought to at least have a background check.”

Gillum also referenced his time as Tallahassee Mayor fighting a lawsuit supported by the NRA regarding Gillum’s refusal to repeal an ordinance barring the shooting of guns in city parks.

He said he’ll do plenty more should he become the first Democrat to serve as Governor in 20 years: “Let’s get to work. Let’s get to organizing. Let’s get to voting. And let’s win this state back on Nov. 6.”

Veterans’ businesses group endorses Bobby Olszewski in HD 44

Republican state Rep. Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski has been endorsed by the Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses for his re-election in Florida House District 44, his campaign announced.

The group representing military veterans seeks to promote and unite established and start-up companies owned by veterans and disabled veterans throughout the state of Florida, a pool estimated at more than 180,000.

Olszewski faces Democratic former state Sen. Geraldine Thompson in the battle for HD 44, which covers southwest Orange County.

“Our state is home to many active armed service members in addition to our veterans who have chosen to live here in Florida after their military service, adding so much to our quality of life. We need to ensure our veterans have the ability to prosper after their sacrifice to our nation while growing our economy throughout Florida,”  Olszewski stated in a news release issued by his campaign.

Yard signs: Florida Realtors announce November election endorsements

Florida Realtors PAC, the political arm of the state’s largest professional association, issued endorsements in statewide races and a bundle of legislative districts Wednesday.

The group released three waves of endorsements ahead of the Aug. 28 primary election. Now that the title cards are set, their list of preferred candidates received a few adjustments.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis has been subbed in for the Florida Realtors’ primary season pick, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, at the top of the ticket. The GOP nominee to replace Putnam, state Rep. Matt Caldwell, has tagged in Sebring Sen. Denise Grimsley.

Sitting CFO Jimmy Patronis, the only incumbent Cabinet member, remains the Realtor-backed pick for the general election, as does Republican Attorney General nominee Ashley Moody, who defeated Pensacola state Rep. Frank White by double digits three weeks ago.

“As Realtors, we pride ourselves on our long-standing efforts to defend private property rights, promote community prosperity and preserve a professional climate that ensures the economic growth of Florida,” said Florida Realtors PAC chair Ann DeFries.

“Our continued success in these efforts involves elected officials who share these beliefs and will work with our 180,000-plus members to help Floridians and their communities thrive.”

Other than the CFO race, where Democratic challenger Jeremy Ring has trailed in both the polls and in fundraising, Florida’s statewide contests are shaping up to be competitive.

DeSantis currently trails Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by a hair in most polls, while Nikki Fried and Sean Shaw, the Democratic nominees for Ag Commish and Attorney General, scored comfortable wins in the primary and have shown solid fundraising thus far.

Further down the ballot, the Republican nominees in the most competitive state Senate districts — Sen. Keith Perry in SD 8, former state Rep. Ed Hooper in SD 16, Sen. Dana Young in SD 18, Sen. Kelli Stargel in SD 22 and state Rep. Manny Diaz in SD 36 — all retained their endorsements from July.

Perry, Hooper, Young and Stargel each held a lead in over their Democratic challengers in public polls conducted this week by St. Pete Polls.

A full list of endorsed candidates is available on the Florida Realtors PAC website. The general election is Nov. 6.

Ardian Zika

Richard Corcoran backs Ardian Zika as his successor in HD 37

House Speaker Richard Corcoran weighed on the race for seat he’s vacating in the fall, offering his endorsement to Land O’ Lakes businessman Ardian Zika.

“I’ve long admired Ardian Zika’s service and commitment to Pasco County and Florida,” Corcoran said Wednesday. “Ardian and I share the priorities of faith and family and I am grateful for his commitment to our community.

“Ardian is a true conservative leader that understands the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Florida. I am confident Ardian Zika will represent the people of House District 37 well and he has my strong support and my vote this election.”

Corcoran cannot run for re-election in the fall due to term limits. His endorsement comes after Zika received more than 57 percent of the vote in the three-way Republican primary for Pasco County-based state House district. He faces Democratic nominee Tammy Garcia, also of Land O’Lakes, in the general election.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Richard Corcoran,” Zika said. “Speaker Corcoran has been a principled leader fighting for all Florida and has well represented the people of House District 37 over the past eight years. I am grateful for Speaker Corcoran’s service to the people of Pasco County and the State of Florida.”

HD 37 covers the majority of inland Pasco County, including the communities of Land O’ Lakes, Odessa, Heritage Pines, Shady Hills, Meadow Oaks and Moon Lake.

Though Corcoran never faced an Election Day challenger in his three campaign since the seat was redrawn ahead of the 2012 cycle, the district has voted overwhelmingly for Republicans in statewide elections. Donald Trump carried the HD 37 by a 61-34 percent margin in 2016.

Prior to earning the nod from Corcoran, Zika had picked up endorsements from St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, former House Speaker Will Weatherford, Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano and Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Retailers back Ashley Moody for Attorney General

FRF PAC, the political arm of the Florida Retail Federation, announced Wednesday that it was backing Republican nominee Ashley Moody in the Attorney General race.

“As a former federal prosecutor and circuit court judge, Ashley Moody is uniquely qualified to serve as our next Attorney General,” said FRF president and CEO R. Scott Shalley. “The Florida Retail Federation looks forward to working with Ashley in combating the plague of organized retail crime and keeping our state and communities safe for our members and their customers.”

Moody, a former prosecutor and circuit court judge, has earned a plethora of endorsements during her campaign to be the state’s top cop. Among the GOP pols backing her bid are term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi, a lifelong friend, and all but a handful of the state’s Republican county sheriffs.

Though most polling showed her behind Pensacola state Rep. Frank White in the lead up to last month’s primary election, she scored a double-digit win and is now set to face off against Democratic nominee Sean Shaw, also a Tampa Bay area native, in the general election.

Her primary campaign was bruising and expensive. Though she raised more than $4.7 million since entering the race, she only had about $83,000 banked between her campaign and committee accounts on Sept. 7.

Shaw had $525,000 banked through the same date, though in total he’s only raised about a third of what Moody has since he declared for the Cabinet race at the beginning of the year. He announced the formation of a new finance committee earlier Wednesday.

Moody and Shaw will be joined on the ballot by unaffiliated candidate Jeffrey Siskind of Wellington. The general election is Nov. 6.

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