On Wednesday, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) threw its support behind state Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, as he looks to become Florida’s next agriculture commissioner.

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.

“Matt Caldwell’s commitment to jobs and our economy make him the best choice for small business owners in the race for agriculture commissioner,” said Bill Herrle, NFIB’s Florida executive director. “During his time in the Florida Legislature, Caldwell supported pro-business policies and was dedicated to cutting taxes to help entrepreneurs grow and prosper. He understands the role small businesses play in our economy and we’re confident he will continue to support small business as agriculture commissioner.”

Caldwell promised to fight for small business if he prevails in November.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement from NFIB, whose own work promoting Florida’s small businesses is a sample of the kind of work the Ag. Commissioner should be doing all across the state for the next four years,” said Caldwell.

“We need proven, principled leadership to stand up for and defend our farmers, consumers, workers, and small business owners. With my experience and thorough understanding of the complex issues that face our state, I will put people and not politics first to win for Florida,” Caldwell added.

“The NFIB Florida PAC’s endorsement is significant in an important election year. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB’s political support is based on candidates’ positions and records on small-business issues,” the group noted about its endorsement.

Current Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam faces term limits after eight years in Tallahassee.

 

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