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Denise Grimsley raises $152K in July toward Agriculture Commissioner bid

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Denise Grimsley raised more than $150,000 toward her bid to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, her campaign announced Thursday. Grimsley raised a combined $152,000 — $103,000 for her official campaign and $49,000 for Saving Florida’s Heartland, the political committee backing her — during the one-month period. According to the Sebring Republican’s campaign, she has raised more than $1.1 million to date. “Our campaign is growing stronger by the day and I am honored by the support we have received,” said…

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Matt Caldwell raises $108K in July toward Agriculture Commissioner bid

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Matt Caldwell brought in more than $108,000 toward his bid to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, his campaign announced Thursday. Caldwell raised a combined $108,275 — $43,275 for his official campaign and $65,000 for Friends of Matt Caldwell, the political committee backing his 2018 agriculture commissioner bid — during the one-month fundraising period. According to Caldwell’s campaign, the North Fort Myers Republican has raised more than $1 million since January.

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Matt Caldwell tries his hand at cattle, timber industries during #2LaneTravels Work Day

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Matt Caldwell knows a bit about cattle. He worked for free on a ranch in Immokalee before he ran for office, telling the owner to call him know whenever there was something to do. The North Fort Myers resident wanted to learn more about the businesses and get a better understanding of the industry. “I built a lot of fence line for free,” joked Caldwell about his previous experiences. Caldwell got a different view of the cattle industry last month,…

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Panhandle House delegation unanimously backs Matt Caldwell for Ag Commish

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Rep. Matt Caldwell has the unanimous backing of his colleague from the Panhandle for Agriculture Commissioner. Caldwell’s campaign announced that the entire Panhandle House delegation — Rep. Brad Drake, Clay Ingram, Mel Ponder, Frank White, Jay Trumbull, and Jayer Williamson — has endorsed him for Agriculture Commissioner. The endorsements were billed as the first wave of Panhandle endorsements, and come as Caldwell continues to travel the state to build support for his campaign.

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Adam Putnam’s net worth now $8.7 million, report shows

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, also a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, on Friday posted an $8.7 million net worth, according to his financial disclosure filed with the state. Putnam’s form was received Friday by the Florida Commission on Ethics. The latest filing shows Putnam’s worth rising incrementally from $7.2 million in his 2013 filing, the earliest still available on the commission’s website. Assets include his 20 percent stake in Putnam Groves, his family’s citrus business in Bartow, valued at…

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Baxter Troutman opens iGrow PC to fund Ag. Commissioner bid

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Baxter Troutman has opened a political committee, allowing him to raise unlimited dollars toward his bid to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in 2018. State records show Troutman launched iGrow PC, a state political committee. He filed a statement of solicitation with the Division of Elections on June 14, two days after he filed to run for the statewide seat. POLITICO Florida first reported the creation of Troutman’s political committee. Troutman filed the necessary paperwork to run for Agriculture Commissioner…

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Baxter Troutman entering competitive Agriculture Commissioner race

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Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman of Winter Haven said he will run for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. The grandson of the late citrus baron and one-time gubernatorial candidate, Ben Hill Griffin Jr., Troutman will enter the competitive race to succeed Adam Putnam, a Bartow Republican who is term-limited and is running for governor. “I will file either Friday or Monday at the latest,” Troutman said. “This isn’t a decision I came to lightly and it isn’t a step to advance to…

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