FMA PAC endorses Republicans David Santiago, Danny Burgess

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The Florida Medical Association PAC, the political arm of more than 20,000 practicing physicians statewide, announced two more endorsements on Tuesday ahead of the Aug. 26 primaries.

State Rep. David Santiago, the Deltona Republican looking for another term in House District 27, and House District 38 GOP hopeful Danny Burgess both received the backing of FMA PAC, Florida’s No. 1 pro-medicine political committee.

Santiago, a former Deltona city commissioner and current House majority deputy whip, faces Democrat Bob Garcia in the district covering much of Volusia County.

“David Santiago is the best candidate to represent District 27’s physicians and their patients,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “He understands the importance of quality and affordable health care for all Floridians and is a strong voice for the Florida Medical Association.”

Burgess is a former mayor of Zephyrhills and first lieutenant in the United States Army, as well as serving as judge advocate general. He is running against Democrat Beverly Ledbetter for the vacant seat of term-limited House Speaker Will Weatherford, which covers Pasco County and Dade City, Lacoochee, San Antonio and Crystal Springs.

“Danny Burgess has served his country and his community well, and we look forward to his leadership in the Florida House,” Nobo said.

Established in 1974, FMA PAC helps state office candidates who seek to make Florida the best state in which to practice medicine. With voluntary contributions from health-care professionals, FMA selects and supports candidates advocating for the medical profession.

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