The Florida Medical Association is throwing its support behind Jose Felix Diaz in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40.
The FMA PAC announced Thursday it was endorsing Diaz in the upcoming special election. In a statement, Dr. Mike Patete, the political committee’s president, said the association has worked closely with Diaz during his time in the house and appreciates his support over the years.
“The FMA PAC is proud to endorse Rep. Diaz for Senate District 40. During his time in the Florida House, the FMA has worked closely with him on many important issues and our physicians have appreciated his unwavering support,” said Patete. “We look forward to continuing our work with him in the Senate and moving forward important healthcare legislation.”
Diaz faces former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Lorenzo Palomares in the July special primary to replace Artiles, who resigned earlier this year amid scandal.
The race for the GOP nomination is expected to be a bitter and expensive battle, with outside groups pouring thousands upon thousands of dollars into the race.
A government law attorney at Akerman, Diaz was first elected to the Florida House in 2010. He is currently the chairman of the House Commerce Committee, and has been the chamber’s point person on gambling legislation in recent years.
“As the son and nephew of medical doctors, it is an honor to receive the endorsement of the Florida Medical Association. The FMA has historically supported legislators that are well-qualified and know the importance of working on sound health care policies which increase access for patients and keep costs low,” said Diaz in a statement. “Senate District 40 includes one of the largest health districts in South Florida. Our doctors truly represent the best interests of our community and it is a great privilege to get their support.”