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Associated Builders and Contractors back Eric Lynn in HD 68 race

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The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is backing Eric Lynn in the state House District 68 seat.

“We are proud to endorse Eric Lynn for House District 68 because he will best represent our community, builders and contractors, and we look forward to working with him in Tallahassee,” said Steve Cona, President/CEO of ABC Florida Gulf Coast. The Lynn endorsement was one of a slew of state house and senate races that the group made this week.

“I am grateful for the endorsement and the opportunity to work alongside ABC Florida in Pinellas and throughout the great state of Florida,” said Eric Lynn.

The ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is comprised of more than 400 member companies and is focused on providing construction firms with a host of membership benefits, including legislative advocacy, apprenticeship training, management education, safety training and business development.

They also get involved in public policy. Last year a lobbyist for the group blasted the St. Petersburg City Council after it passed an ordinance that requires contractors to reserve 10 percent of work hours for workers either with criminal records or who have received some form of public assistance in the previous year on projects that cost $2 million or more. Edward Briggs called the ordinance unfeasible and bad public policy.

The group was more successful in persuading the legal staff in the city of Tampa not to follow St. Pete’s path.

Lynn, a former Defense Dept. official in the Obama administration, is running against attorney Ben Diamond in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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