Florida Medical Association PAC endorses Chris Latvala for HD 67

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Chris Latvala, GOP hopeful for Florida House District 67, received a substantial endorsement on Thursday from the Florida Medical Association PAC, a leading advocate for pro-medicine candidates statewide.

Latvala, son of state Sen. Jack Latvala, is running to replace term-limited Rep. Ed Hooper for the open seat covering sections of Clearwater, Largo and Pinellas Park.

In its endorsement, the FMA recognized Chris Latvala’s extensive background, including three years as Hooper’s legislative aide and his current role as Vice President of GCI Printing Services.

“The Florida Medical Association looks forward to working with Chris Latvala, whose previous experience in the Florida Legislature will allow him a unique advantage in representing the constituents of House District 67,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “We are proud to endorse his efforts this cycle.”

“Physicians know best how to treat their patients without government intervention,” Latvala responded. “As a State Representative, I will fight to let physicians perform the work they were trained to do and that is to ensure the highest standards of medical practice in our great state.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the FMA.”

Established in 1974, the FMA PAC supports state office candidates who work towards the goal of making Florida the best state to practice medicine. Through voluntary contributions from healthcare professionals, FMA researches and selects candidates who will advocate the medical profession. As Florida’s foremost medical PAC, FMA had raised over $1 million through the end of 2013.

In supporting Latvala, a native of Pinellas County, FMA PAC joins GOP leaders such as Hooper, Republican Executive Committee vice chair Nick DiCeglie, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Reps. Larry Ahern and Kathleen Peters. He also has the backing of Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson and Curtis Holmes, Clearwater City Vice-mayor Doreen Hock-Dipolito, Council Members Hoyt Hamilton and former Member Paul Gibson, as well as former Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean, the Fraternal Order of Police and Florida Professional Firefighters.

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