Having been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week, state Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, continued to gather support as he runs for the Republican nomination to be Florida’s next agriculture commissioner.
Caldwell announced 16 new endorsements on Wednesday from all across the Sunshine State. His new endorsements include the support Sheriff Rick Ramsay of Monroe County, Sheriff Mike Scott of Lee County and former Sheriff Bob White of Pasco County. Caldwell also reeled in the support of some prominent leaders on the First Coast as he scored endorsements from Duval County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ronnie Fussell, former Duval County Tax Collector Mike Corrigan, Clay County Commissioner Gavin Rollins, St. Johns County Commissioners Henry Dean and Jeb Smith and Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg.
“I’m thankful to have the support of these leaders in our bid to serve as Florida’s next commissioner of agriculture and consumer services,” Caldwell said on Wednesday. “I will continue to work hard to earn the trust and support of voters across the Sunshine State, who deserve a commissioner that has the leadership and policy experience to lead in Tallahassee on day one.”
Caldwell also has the support of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and the Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
Besides Caldwell, other candidates running in next month’s Republican primary include state Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid, former state Rep. Baxter Troutman and retired Army Col. Mike McCalister who ran for governor in 2010 and the U.S. Senate in 2012.
There are three candidates running on the Democratic side: attorney and lobbyist Nikki Fried, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter and biologist R. David Walker.
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.