Florida’s leading advocate for pro-medicine candidates announced on Friday endorsements of two incumbents in State House races.
The Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) supports Republican State Rep. Tom Goodson in his re-election bid for Florida House District 50 and Democratic Rep. Kevin Rader in his bid to represent Florida House District 81.
“We endorse Rep. Tom Goodson, who has made access to health care a priority of his campaign,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “He consistently supports the FMA’s legislative agenda, and we look forward to working with Rep. Goodson during the 2015 Legislative Session.”
“The Florida Medical Association PAC is thrilled to endorse Kevin Rader for State Representative,” Nobo added. “His experience in the House, along with his insurance background, make him a strong voice for quality, affordable healthcare for Floridians.”
“We must continue to provide real solutions for Floridians who are impacted by the shortage of physicians and nurses in our state,” Goodman said in response. “Thank you to the members of the FMA PAC for their endorsement of my re-election efforts.”
“With the expansion of access to health insurance, it is vital that we work hard to ensure that we maintain a system of high quality health care,” said Rader. “I am grateful for the support of our state’s doctors who work — every single day — to provide high quality care.”
In 2012, Rader was elected to House District 81, which covers parts of Palm Beach. He had previously served in House District 78 from 2008 through 2010.
Goodson served the Canaveral Port Authority in 2002, and was re-elected unopposed in 2006. He was first elected to the State House in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. House District 50 includes northwestern Brevard County and eastern Orange County.
Since 1974, FMA PAC has supported candidates for state office that push for Florida as the best place to practice medicine. The organization uses voluntary contributions from healthcare professionals to select candidates who will advocate the medical profession. As Florida’s foremost medical PAC, FMA raised over $1 million through the end of 2013.