FMA PAC announces three more House incumbent endorsements

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Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) announced on Tuesday its endorsement of three more Republican incumbents in November’s General Election.

FMA PAC, which represents more than 20,000 physicians statewide, is supporting the re-election efforts of Republican State Reps. Keith Perry in House District 21, Ray Rodrigues in House District 76 and Clay Ingraham in House District 1.

Perry, seeking his third term in the House, faces Democrat Jon Uman in HD 21, which covers the region west of Florida State University in Dixie, Gilchrist and Alachua Counties.

“We know Keith will work diligently to implement pro-medicine legislation that will ensure the safety of all Florida’s citizens,” said FMA PAC president Ralph Nobo.

“I look forward to being a strong advocate for health care in our state to ensure that we continue to produce the best medical care in the nation,” Perry responded.

Rodrigues, vice chair of Higher Education & Workforce and member of Healthy Families Subcommittee, Democrat Charles Messina in House District 76, which includes much of Lee County.

“The working relationship the FMA has developed with Rep. Rodrigues during his two years in office has been tremendous,” Nobo said.

“The FMA understands the importance of quality health care for all Floridians,” Rodrigues said of the endorsement. “I look forward to working with them to identify how to expand access while keeping health care affordable.”

Ingraham, a former FSU football player who became a leader on the 1999 National Championship team under Coach Bobby Bowden, faces Democrat Gloria Robertson-Wiggins in House District 1, which covers part of Escambia County.

“He will be an effective ally in our fight against measures that would decrease access to quality health care or harm the citizens of Florida,” Nobo said.

“It is an honor to have the support of the Florida Medical Association and its members,” Ingram said. “Their commitment to lowering the cost of care, protecting patients, and addressing physician shortages has benefited residents in Escambia County and across Florida, and I look forward to working with the FMA to continue those efforts.”

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