Assoc. Builders & Contractors of Florida endorses Benacquisto in CD 19

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Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida announced the endorsement of GOP State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto in her bid for Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

In a statement issued Tuesday, ABC representatives speak of the need for government of common sense regulation and how small business and entrepreneurs—not federal bureaucrats—can grow both jobs and the economy.

“Lizbeth has a history of supporting free-market solutions, specifically those impacting the commercial construction industry,” said ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter CEO Steve Cona III. “She understands the construction industry is best fostered in a pro-business environment where free enterprise and open competition are unconstrained, and we look forward to working with her in Washington D.C.”

“These men and women know all too well how liberal policies in Washington threaten our economy,” responded Benacquisto. “I will fight to repeal burdensome regulations like Obamacare, so job creators can get Florida’s economy back on track.”

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 74 chapters representing 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms.

Benacquisto faces former automobile-wheel manufacturer CEO Curt Clawson and former State Rep. Paige Kreegel in the April 22 GOP primary. The general election is June 24.

ABC’s membership comprises of all specialties within the U.S. construction industry, especially firms working in industrial and commercial sectors. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter represents nearly 400 member companies, as one of five ABC chapters in Florida, which advocates for 2000 member companies statewide.

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