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Small business group endorses 89 Republicans, 10 Democrats in legislative races

NFIB sits out 18 contested Legislative races.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses Florida Political Action Committee announced its endorsement slate Tuesday for state Senate and House races, backing 89 Republicans and 10 Democrats while sitting out in 18 contests.

In the Senate, the NFIB Florida PAC endorsed 11 Republicans, including Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess in the Special Election for Senate District 20, and three Democrats, while making no calls in five Senate contests on the Nov. 3 ballot.

In the House, the organization that specializes in representing small businesses picked 78 Republicans and seven Democrats, and sat out 13 contested elections.

“Florida needs candidates who understand the vital role small businesses play in the state’s economy,” NFIB State Executive Director Bill Herrle stated in a news release. “These candidates are committed to doing everything they can to help the state’s job creators and maintaining an environment where small, independent businesses can continue to grow and create jobs.”

The NFIB Florida PAC points out that small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls.

NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on key small-business issues.

Senate endorsements:

Republicans

Sen. Doug Broxson — SD 1

Jennifer Bradley — SD 5

Sen. Travis Hutson — SD 7

Former Rep. Jason Brodeur — SD 9

Sen. Debbie Mayfield — SD 17

Burgess — SD 20

Jim Boyd — SD 21

Sen. Joe Gruters — SD 23

Sen. Gayle Harrell — SD 25

Rep. Ray Rodrigues — SD 27

Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez — SD 39

Democrats

Sen. Randolph Bracy — SD 11

Sen. Linda Stewart — SD 1,

Rep. Shevrin Jones — SD 35

The NFIB made no. picks in SDs 3, 19, 29, 31, or 37. In SD 33 Democratic Sen. Perry Thurston already has been reelected, with no General Election opposition.

House Endorsements

Republicans

Michelle Salzman — HD 1

Rep. Alex Andrade — HD 2

Rep. Jayer Williamson — HD 3

Patt Maney — HD 4

Rep. Jay Trumbull — HD 6

Rep. Jason Shoaf — HD 7

Rep. Chuck Brannan — HD 1,

Rep. Cord Byrd — HD 11

Rep. Clay Yarborough — HD 12

Rep. Wyman Duggan — HD 15

Rep. Jason Fischer — HD 16

Rep. Cyndi Stevenson — HD 17

Sam Garrison — HD 18

Rep. Bobby Payne — HD 19

Rep. Chuck Clemons — HD 2

Joe Harding — HD 22

Rep. Stan McClain — HD 23

Rep. Paul Renner — HD 24

Rep. Tom Leek — HD 25

Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff — HD 26

Webster Barnaby — HD 27

Rep. David Smith — HD 28

Rep. Scott Plakon — HD 29

Former Rep. Bob Cortes — HD 30

Keith Truenow — HD 31

Rep. Anthony Sabatini — HD 32

Rep. Brett Hage — HD 33

Rep. Ralph Massullo — HD 34

Rep. Blaise Ingoglia — HD 35

Rep. Amber Mariano — HD 36

Rep. Ardian Zika — HD 37

Rep. Randy Maggard — HD 38

Rep. Josie Tomkow — HD 39

Rep. Colleen Burton — HD 40

Rep. Sam Killebrew — HD 41

Fred Hawkins — HD 42

Bruno Portigliatti — HD 44

Rep. Rene Plasencia — HD 50

Rep. Tyler Sirois — HD 51

Rep. Thad Altman — HD 52

Rep. Randy Fine — HD 53

Rep. Erin Grall — HD 54

Kaylee Tuck — HD 55

Rep. Melony Bell — HD 56

Rep. Mike Beltran — HD 57

Rep, Lawrence McClure — HD 58

Rep. Jackie Toledo — HD 60

Traci Koster — HD 64

Rep. Chris Sprowls — HD 65

Rep. Nick DiCeglie — HD 66

Rep Chris Latvala — HD 67

Rep. Will Robinson — HD 71

Fiona McFarland — HD 72

Rep. Tommy Gregory — HD 73

Rep. James Buchanan — HD 74

Rep, Michael Grant — HD 75

Adam Botana — HD 76

Mike Giallombardo — HD 77

Jenna Persons — HD 78

Rep. Spencer Roach — HD 79

Lauren Melo — HD 80

John Snyder — HD 82

Rep. Toby Overdorf — HD 83

Dana Trabulsy — HD 84

Rep. Rick Roth — HD 85

Rep. Matt Willhite — HD 86

Rep. Mike Caruso — HD 89

Rep Chip LaMarca — HD 93

Tom Fabricio — HD 103

David Borrero — HD 105

Rep. Bob Rommel — HD 106

Alex Rizo — HD 110

Rep. Bryan Avila — HD 111

Rep. Vance Aloupis — HD 115

Rep. Danny Perez — HD 116

Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin — HD 119

Jim Mooney — HD 120.

Democrats

Andrew Learned — HD 59

Rep. Susan Valdes — HD 62

Rep. Ben Diamond — HD 68

Rep. Jennifer Webb — HD 69

Kelly Skidmore — HD 81

Rep. David Silvers — HD 87

Robin Bartleman — HD 104

The NFIB made no picks in House Districts 9, 14, 47, 48, 49, 88, 90, 91, 92, 96, 101, 112, and 114.

In 22 other districts, elections have already decided the house members.

Written By

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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