FMA PAC endorses Jack Latvala for re-election

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Florida’s principal supporter of pro-medicine candidates is endorsing incumbent Sen. Jack Latvala in his re-election effort.

The Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) announced on Monday its support for the Clearwater Republican in Senate District 20, which covers most of north Pinellas County.

“The Florida Medical Association PAC is proud to endorse Jack Latvala,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “As a veteran member of the Florida Senate, Jack has routinely proven he is an effective leader in reducing health care costs and government red tape in order to increase access to quality physician care.”

Latvala faces business executive Zahid Roy in the August 26 GOP primary, with the winner going up against Libertarian Tony Caso in November.

“Ensuring the greatest quality of health care in our state has always been a high priority of mine as a legislator,” Latvala said in a statement. “I look forward to continue to work with the FMA on policy that aims to preserve this quality of health care for all Floridians.”

Founded in 1974, FMA PAC recommends candidates for state office who seek to advance Florida’s medical community. Through voluntary contributions from healthcare professionals, FMA selects candidates who actively support medical professionals statewide. As Florida’s leading medical PAC, FMA raised over $1 million in 2013.

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