Florida Chamber makes second round of endorsements in legislative races

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces additional candidate endorsements for the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate. The endorsements follow a comprehensive and deliberative candidate selection process and are in addition to the Florida Chamber’s initial list of more than 90 candidate endorsements released just two weeks ago.

“Interviewing candidates to determine where they stand on free enterprise issues is essential to helping ensure we endorse candidates who aren’t afraid to make bold pro-jobs, pro-business decisions once they are elected to office,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber’s thorough and intense endorsement process sends a very strong signal that Florida’s business community can feel confident in supporting these candidates.”

Before selecting candidates for endorsement, the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI):

·         Held seven (7) candidate interview sessions across Florida, interviewed 130+ non-incumbent candidates, reviewed 130+ questionnaires, and evaluated numerous factors, including each incumbent legislator’s grade on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

 “To secure Florida future, we need a legislature that focuses on free enterprise principles and solutions,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber. “Employers need stability and predictability to help create private-sector jobs and grow Florida’s economy, and we are pleased to support each of these candidates and their commitment to support Florida’s job creators.”

The Florida Chamber released its initial listing of more than 90 candidate endorsements on July 11, 2011. This second round still does not include endorsements in State Senate District 22 (Brandes vs. Frishe) or 24 (Burgin or Lee).

“There are four pro-business, pro-jobs candidates running in those races,” explains Edie Ousley, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

Below is an additional listing of Florida Chamber-backed candidates:

HOUSE:

HD 45              Shannon Currie, D

HD 59              Joe Wicker, R

HD 68              Frank Farkas, R

HD 76              Michael Grant, R

HD 82              Carl Domino, R

HD 85              Pat Rooney, R

HD 93              George Moriatis, R

HD 100            Sheldon Lisbon, D

HD 118            Frank Artiles, R

SENATE:

SD 02              Greg Evers, R

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