The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association Political Action Committee endorsed Republican Bob Cortes in his bid to retake House District 30.
The CFHLA-PAC board voted unanimously to endorse Cortes’s candidacy. The group’s mission is to “advance tourism and the community through hospitality.”
“Bob Cortes is a proven pro-business leader,” said Rich Maladecki, CEO of CFHLA. “This endorsement is a testament of CFHLA’s confidence in your commitment to serving as a ‘Tourism Champion’ in the Florida House.”
Cortes said, “I am honored to have the support of the CFHLA. The hotel and lodging industry is vital to Central Florida’s economy. I look forward to working with this organization to help this important sector get through the current crisis and back in business.”
Cortes represented HD 30 from 2014-18, when he was defeated by now-Democratic Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil.
As of July 10, Cortes had raised $83,000 for his campaign and had $66,600 in the bank. Through the same date, Goff-Marcil had managed to raise $31,600 and had about $28,000 in the bank.
HD 30 spans southern Seminole County and north-central Orange County. It is a swing district, having flipped parties in three of the past four elections.