FMA PAC announces endorsements of Sean Shaw, John Tobia in Florida House races

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Florida’s leading advocate for pro-medicine candidates announced on Thursday its endorsements in two State House races.

The Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) announced its support of Democrat Sean Shaw in his bid for House District 61 and Republican state Rep. John Tobia in his re-election bid for House District 53.

“As Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate and founder of a statewide coalition, Sean Shaw has provided a voice for consumers to be heard at the state level,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “We are pleased to endorse Sean Shaw and know he will continue to be a champion for the constituents he represents.”

“Representative John Tobia is a proven advocate for Florida’s physicians and their patients, continuously in support of cutting government red tape and ensuring Floridians have choices in their healthcare decisions,” Nobo added. “The FMA PAC is proud to endorse his candidacy.”

“It is a great honor to be represented by physicians who are dedicated to saving lives through high quality health care,” Shaw said in a statement.

“Access to quality healthcare is vital for all Floridians,” Tobia added. “And I know that the FMA works every day to make this happen.”

Tobia, a Melbourne Beach Republican, represents House District 53, which covers most of southern Broward County.  He faces Republican Tim Street in the August GOP primary, and the winner will run against Democrat Santa Isabel Wright, No Party Affiliation candidate David Kearns and Kourtney Ann Waldron, a write in candidate.

Shaw, an insurance advocate attorney from Tampa, is running for the HD 61 seat now held by term-limited Rep. Betty Reed. He faces fellow Democrats Tatiana Denson, Sharon Carter and Ed Narain in the August primary. HD 61 covers Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa.

Established in 1974, FMA PAC supports state office candidates that push for Florida as the best state to practice medicine. Through voluntary contributions from healthcare professionals, FMA 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.

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