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The political arm of the National Federation of Independent Businesses endorsed candidates in 16 state legislative races Thursday.
Four Senate candidates made the cut in NFIB Florida PAC’s first round of endorsements. They include Republicans Jennifer Bradley in SD 5, former Rep. Jim Boyd in SD 21, Rep. Ray Rodrigues in SD 27 and Democratic Rep. Shevrin Jones in SD 35.
Victory is all but assured for Bradley and Boyd — both are running in open, reliably red districts. Rodrigues and Jones, however, are running in competitive primaries.
In the House, NFIB gave the nod to Republican Reps. Mike Hill, Alex Andrade, Jay Trumbull, Clay Yarborough, Scott Plakon, Thad Altman, Randy Fine, Spencer Roach and Danny Perez as well as Democratic Rep. Bobby DuBose.
Most in the set are considered safe, though a few have drawn competitive challengers. Most notably, Hill is going up against Michelle Salzman in the Aug. 18 primary and many influential Northwest Florida Republicans have lined up behind her effort to send the incumbent packing.
NFIB Florida PAC also gave its approval to two newcomers: Republicans Joe Harding in HD 22 and Tom Fabricio in HD 103.
Harding is seeking the seat currently held by term-limited Rep. Charlie Stone while Fabricio is looking to oust Democratic Rep. Cindy Polo, assuming he earns the GOP nomination.
“Our members support the candidates who support small businesses,” NFIB State Executive Director Bill Herrle said. “These candidates understand the challenges facing Florida’s small businesses and will do everything they can to create an environment where stores and other businesses can fully reopen and people can get back to work.”
The NFIB endorsements were based on the candidates’ positions and records on small-business issues.
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