Endorsement watch: National Right to Life, Sierra Club, Florida Retail Federation and others issue endorsements

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With just a few weeks until the election, organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates.

Neal Dunn has earned the support of the National Right to Life.

The organization endorsed Dunn, a medical doctor, in his campaign for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

“This endorsement reflects your commitment to strengthening a culture of life throughout the nation and in the U.S. Congress,” said David N. O’Steen, executive director, and Karen A. Cross, political director of National Right to Life, in their endorsement letter. “We look forward to working with you to protect the most vulnerable members of the human family — unborn children and medically dependent or disabled persons, whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia. All voters who are concerned with the right to life … should vote to send you to Congress, so that you can work to advance vital pro-life public policies.”

Dunn faces Democrat Walter Dartland in the Nov. 8 general election.

Brian Mast has received the backing of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The organization endorsed Mast in his campaign for Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

“Brian Mast is committed to being a strong voice for Florida small business owners,” said Sharon Sussin, the national political director for NFIB, in a statement. “He knows that taxes, regulations, and the expense of health care are holding back small business. NFIB members want to see him in the U.S. House next year once again serving his country.”

Mast also received he backing of the Yes! Israel Project.

“We need leaders in Washington who support and defend Israel, and we are confident that Brian Mast will be that leader,” the group said in its endorsement. “The Yes! Israel Project thanks him for his exemplary service to his country. We look forward to hosting him in Israel, as a U.S. Congressman, very soon!”

Mast faces Democrat Randy Perkins in the Nov. 8 general election.

Randy Perkins has received the backing of Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.

McKinlay endorsed Perkins in his campaign for Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

“Too much is at stake this election cycle, especially for women’s issues,” she said in a statement. “In the 18th Congressional seat, Randy Perkins will fight for a woman’s right to choose and equal pay for equal work for women. As a single mother raising three children, including two daughters, we must support the candidate that will protect their future, their healthcare, and their choice. Therefore, my choice for the 18th Congressional District is Randy Perkins.”

Perkins faces Republican Brian Mast in the Nov. 8 general election.

Bob Buesing has received the backing of the Sierra Club Florida.

The Sierra Club endorsed Buesing in his Senate District 18 bid. In a letter announcing their endorsement, the Sierra Club Florida said Buesing earned their support through his “demonstrated commitment to protecting Florida and America’s environment.”

“Protecting Florida’s drinking water from big polluters is essential to ensuring a healthy future for our state, both environmentally and economically,” said Buesing in a statement. “I’ll work hard once elected to ensure we ban environmentally dangerous practices like fracking and any expanded drilling that could potentially endanger the health and well-being of our communities.”

Buesing faces Majority Leader Dana Young in the Nov. 8 general election.

Joe Gruters has earned the backing of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The organization endorsed Gruters in his House District 73 bid. The endorsement was made by NFIB/Florida SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“Joe is a true believer in free enterprise, and will support policies that help small business owners grow and prosper,” said Bill Herrle, the executive director of NFIB/Florida.

Gruters faces Democrat Steve Vernon in the Nov. 8 general election.

Rosy Palomino has received the backing of the Florida Retail Federation.

The statewide trade organization endorsed the Miami Republican in her House District 112 bid.

“Rosy is small retail business owner, a community leader and someone who truly understands the struggles faced by Florida businesses,” said Randy Miller, the president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Her goals of reducing taxes and regulations that hinder small business growth are exactly what we need as the House Representative in District 112.”

Palomino faces Democrat Nicholas X. Duran in the Nov. 8 general election.

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