FMA PAC endorses two Republican incumbents for state House seats

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Florida’s leading pro-medical alliance, representing more than 20,000 practicing physicians statewide, is endorsing two more Republican state House incumbents for re-election.

Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) announced today its support of State Reps. Larry Ahern and Jose Felix Diaz in their re-election bids. Ahern is facing Democrat Lorena Grizzle for House District 66, which includes part of Pinellas County; Diaz faces Democrat Juan Carlos Cuba in House District 116, covering part of Miami-Dade County.

“We are proud to endorse State Representative Larry Ahern in his re-election efforts to the Florida House,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “His unwavering support of our key issues in making health care affordable and accessible to all Floridians allows physicians the ability to practice in a professional and pro-business environment.”

As for Diaz, Nobo calls him a “friend of medicine and FMA-members.

“We have worked together on the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and we appreciate his leadership and unwavering commitment on many of our key issues,” Nobo added.

As Vice Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, Ahern was honored to receive the FMA endorsement and looks forward to “working together to find new and innovative ways to safely serve the people of our Sunshine State.”

“Millions of Floridians depend on their doctors to lead a team of healthcare professionals, trusting them to provide the best-possible care,” Ahern said. “These same doctors place their trust in and belong to the Florida Medical Association.”

Diaz, the grandson and nephew of medical doctors, was also humbled by the FMA support.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the FMA as we continue to work together to make Florida’s healthcare reliable, innovative and cost-effective,” he said.

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