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We are watching the old 20th Century political order fall away, while the ceaseless growth wrought by Industrial Revolution is maturing to middle age. Those changes will lead us to plenty of meaty issues: term limits, gun rights, the decline and fall of republics, etc. These are the things I want to explore with you: where we’ve been, where we are and where I hope we are going.
Rumors and reports started to circulate last week that Caldwell was looking at making a move to lead the Florida GOP right after he announced he would be running for Lee County Republican state committeeman.
Current appraiser Ken Wilkinson has thrown his support to the new candidate.
"We cannot allow our efforts to be derailed once again by petty and vindictive politics."
Saying he did not want to mire the state in a legal battle, state Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, conceded on Monday, almost two weeks after Election Day, to Democrat Nikki Fried in the race to be Florida’s next agriculture commissioner.
In one of the tightest races of the night, Caldwell had 3,995,344 votes giving him 50.1 percent. Fried had 3,974,121 votes, giving her 49.9 percent. That is close enough that, if it stands, there will be a recount.
Caldwell said the average Floridian in the city or suburb might not understand just how wide ranging the department’s responsibilities are.
Caldwell faces Democrat Nikki Fried, an attorney and lobbyist, in next month’s general election.
Caldwell announced on Thursday that the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association PAC (FFVA), Florida Citrus Mutual, the Florida Forestry Association and the Florida Farm Bureau FarmPAC were backing him over Nikki Fried, an attorney who has the Democratic nomination.
The NFIB Florida PAC endorsed Caldwell, who faces Democrat attorney Nikki Fried in November, at an event in Bradenton. The group represents almost 10,000 businesses across the Sunshine State.