NFIB endorses Jeff Brandes in State Senate District 22

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The National Federation of Independent Business, Florida’s leading small-business association, today announced its endorsement of Jeff Brandes for Senate District 22.

“As a small-business owner, Jeff knows the needs of the small-business community and understands first-hand what it takes to build a business and create jobs,” said Bill Herrle, NFIB/Florida Executive Director. “Jeff is the only candidate that can provide steady leadership in the Florida Senate to ensure that Florida maintains its pro-business climate.”

Jeff has a 100 percent NFIB voting record during his time in the House of Representatives. He is the owner of his family’s longtime business, Cox Lumber Company, the largest privately owner lumber company in the country. He is also a combat veteran who served honorably in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“My focus is growing our small businesses, attracting new ones, and removing unnecessary regulations and red tape to get our economy going again,” Brandes said. “As a small-business owner myself, I’m proud to receive the endorsement of NFIB and look forward to working with them to help our state’s job creators.”

The endorsement comes from the NFIB/Florida SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/Florida’s membership, and is based on candidates’ positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

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