Pro-small business organization backs Wilton Simpson for Agriculture Commissioner
Wilton Simpson seeks to

The lawmaker holds a 90% grade with the national business group.

One of the largest business groups in the country is now backing Republican Wilton Simpson’s bid for Agriculture Commissioner.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses is endorsing the Senate President. The group cited the Trilby lawmaker’s long history working in agriculture and his advocacy in the Legislature.

“Farming is one of Florida’s most essential industries,” NFIB State Executive Bill Herrle said.

“Besides regulating the state’s agricultural resources, the commissioner oversees everything from the sale of motor fuels to auto repair shops, moving companies and pest control. Agriculture commissioner is one of the powerful, important positions in state government, which is why we need to elect a strong leader like Wilton Simpson.”

The policy agendas of the NFIB and Simpson have long lined up, as reflected by legislative report card scores from the group.

“Wilton Simpson is president of the state Senate, where he has earned a 90% NFIB Voting Record, supporting the small business position on a host of issues from civil liability to abolishing the state’s antiquated Constitution Revision Commission,” Herrle added.

“Wilton Simpson has shown us time and again that he understands the issues facing Florida’s job creators and will do everything he can to ensure that our small, independent businesses can continue to grow and create jobs. That’s why the NFIB Florida PAC has chosen to endorse Wilton Simpson as the state’s next commissioner of agriculture.”

Simpson looks to succeed Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat running this year for Governor. That gives Simpson the opportunity to flip red the only statewide political office held now by a Democrat. He also has the support of major business groups in the state including the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

He faces James Shaw in the Republican Primary on Aug. 23. He has important conservative endorsements already lined up, including from the NRA, former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Buck Etlyst

    August 5, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    NFIB knows the score. Simpson is like Fried: Ag is just a step on the way to his campaign for Governor in 2026. He’s making the right moves to overcome a host of Republicans who will want to run for Tallahassee starting in 2025. Will be a big year!

  • Just a comment

    August 6, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    I didn’t know big cities that are attaching themselves to one Long Branch had crop’s involved maybe he should attach himself to taxis and alleyway road’s

    • Just a comment

      August 8, 2022 at 8:36 pm

      The model’s are up the land surveyed all they need is a signature.i guess that’s a lot of work to pencil push
      And that small business is it subjective to rent to tent

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