NFIB endorses Bill Gunter in House District 36 special election

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Bill Gunter received a significant endorsement today from one of Florida’s leading small-business advocacy groups in his campaign for House District 36.

The National Federation of Independent Business announced their support of the New Port Richey Republican as he seeks to replace former Rep. Mike Fasano, who left in August to become Pasco Tax Collector.

“Bill has demonstrated genuine commitment to small-business issues and improving the economy,” said Bill Herrle, NFIB/Florida Executive Director in a statement. “Bill’s priorities align with those of the small-business community, and he will be an effective ally to our members in the fight to preserve Florida’s pro-small-business climate.”

During Gunter’s campaign, the pastor of the Redeemer Community Church racked up several key endorsements; this one comes from NFIB/Florida SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the PAC for NFIB/Florida. The group bases their support on positions of candidates regarding small-business issues such as healthcare, taxes, and labor and other regulatory issues.

Two other Republicans are vying for Fasano’s old seat: attorney and chair of Pasco Republicans Jim Mathieu and insurance company employee Jeromy Harding.

The District 36 GOP primary is Tuesday, Sept. 17, with the general election Oct. 15.

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