Florida Realtors Back Candidates for State Office Including Adam Putnam for Governor

This week, the Florida Realtors PAC threw its support to candidates running for state Cabinet and legislative offices.

The PAC announced its endorsements on Monday afternoon.

“As realtors, we pride ourselves on our long-standing efforts to defend private property rights, promote community prosperity and preserve a professional climate that ensures the economic growth of Florida,” says Ann DeFries, the chairwoman of Florida Realtors PAC Trustees. “Our continued success in these efforts requires legislators who share these beliefs and will work with our 180,000+ members to help Floridians and their communities thrive.”

“The health of Florida’s real estate industry and its economy go hand-in-hand,” said Bill Martin, the CEO of Florida Realtors, on Monday. “We need elected officials who understand this relationship and will work tirelessly to enact laws and policies that promote homeownership and protect the rights of homeowners throughout the state.”

“Florida is a beacon of success in the nation, but we need dedicated elected officials rolling up their sleeves and working with organizations like ours to ensure that success continues,” says Carrie O’Rourke, the vice president of public policy for the Florida Realtors. “We believe these candidates will do just that and hope Florida voters agree in November.”

The Florida Realtors PAC threw its support to four Republicans running for statewide office, backing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for governor, former Judge Ashley Moody to be attorney general, keeping state CFO Jimmy Patronis at his post and electing state Sen. Denise Grimsley as agriculture commissioner.

In state Senate races, the PAC backs the following candidates

  • Senator George Gainer
  • Senator Aaron Bean
  • Senator Keith Perry
  • Senator Wilton Simpson
  • Senator Dennis Baxley
  • Senator Dorothy Hukill
  • Senator Dana Young
  • Senator Tom Lee
  • Senator Kelli Stargel
  • Representative Joe Gruters
  • Senator Jeff Brandes
  • Representative Ben Albritton
  • Senator Kathleen Passidomo
  • Senator Bobby Powell
  • Senator Gary Farmer Jr.
  • Representative Manny Diaz Jr.
  • Senator Daphne Campbell
  • Senator Annette Taddeo

In House races, the Florida Realtors PAC backed the following candidates:

  • Rebekah Bydlak
  • Alex Andrade
  • Representative Jayer Williamson
  • Representative Mel Ponder
  • Representative Jay Trumbull
  • Marc Vann
  • Representative Cord Byrd
  • Representative Clay Yarborough
  • Representative Jason Fischer
  • Representative Cyndi Stevenson
  • Representative Bobby Payne
  • Representative Chuck Clemons
  • Representative Charlie Stone
  • Representative Stan McClain
  • Representative Paul Renner
  • Representative Tom Leek
  • Representative David Santiago
  • David Smith
  • Representative Scott Plakon
  • Representative Bob Cortes
  • Representative Jennifer Sullivan
  • Representative Ralph Massullo Jr.
  • Representative Blaise Ingoglia
  • Representative Amber Mariano
  • Representative Danny Burgess
  • Representative Josie Tomkow
  • Representative Colleen Burton
  • Representative Mike LaRosa
  • Representative Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski
  • Representative Bruce H. Antone
  • Representative Amy Mercado
  • Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith
  • Representative Rene “Coach P” Plasencia
  • Tyler Sirois
  • Representative Thad Altman
  • Representative Randy Fine
  • Representative Erin Grall
  • Representative Cary Pigman
  • Melony Bell
  • Representative Lawrence McClure
  • Representative Jackie Toledo
  • Representative Shawn Harrison
  • Representative James Grant
  • Representative Chris Sprowls
  • Nick DiCeglie
  • Representative Chris Latvala
  • Jeremy Bailie
  • Representative Wengay “Newt” Newton
  • Will Robinson
  • Tommy Gregory
  • Representative Ray Rodrigues
  • Representative Dane Eagle
  • Representative Heather Fitzenhagen
  • Representative Byron Donalds
  • Representative Mary Lynn Magar
  • Representative Rick Roth
  • Representative Matt Willhite
  • Representative David Silvers
  • Representative Patricia Hawkins-Williams
  • Representative Kristin Jacobs
  • Representative Jared Moskowitz
  • Ana Maria Rodriguez
  • Representative Bob Rommel
  • Representative Roy Hardemon
  • Representative Bryan Avila
  • Representative Nicholas Duran
  • Representative Javier Fernandez
  • Representative Danny Perez
  • Representative Holly Raschein
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