FMA PAC endorses Jay Trumbull in HD 6

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Florida’s principal supporter of pro-medicine candidates has endorsed Panama City business executive Jay Trumbull in his bid for Florida House District 6.

The Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) announced its support of Trumbull as he seeks the open seat currently held by term-limited Rep. Jimmy Patronis, which covers southern Bay County and Panama City, Panama City Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base.

“Jay Trumbull understands that running a business is not easy and that physicians run into some of the same obstacles that business owners do with government red tape,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “He will be a strong advocate as we push for measures to improve the health care system, allowing physicians to provide patients with the care they need when they need it.”

The 24-year-old Republican faces a crowded field for the August 26 GOP primary, including Tho Bishop, Melissa Hagan and Thelma Rohan. The Democratic candidate is Jamie Shepard, with Henry Newman Lawrence III running for the Green Party.

“The FMA has done a tremendous amount of work to ensure that Floridians have access to high quality and affordable care in Bay County and throughout Florida,” Trumbull said. “I am looking forward to working together to make sure our state provides the best health care in the nation.”

Founded in 1974, FMA PAC endorses state office candidates seeking to advance Florida’s medical community. By way of voluntary contributions from healthcare professionals, FMA chooses candidates who strongly support the state’s medical professionals. FMA, as Florida’s leading medical PAC, raised over $1 million in 2013.

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