While he is on the sidelines in next week’s primaries, Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis reeled in a large endorsement on Thursday morning when the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) backed his campaign. The NFIB represents almost 10,000 small businesses across the Sunshine State.

Patronis, who was appointed to the job by Gov. Rick Scott last summer after Jeff Atwater resigned the post to take a position at Florida Atlantic University, does not face any opposition in next week’s Republican primary.

At an event in Orlando, Bill Herrle, the NFIB’s executive director in Florida, pointed to Patronis’ experience in the private sector as a reason his group was backing him for a full term. The endorsement was made through the NFIB Florida PAC.

“Jimmy Patronis has been a steadfast supporter of small business as CFO,” said Herrle. “As a small business owner himself, Patronis is well-versed in the issues facing NFIB’s members, and we are confident that he will work to continue to fight for Florida’s small business owners and make the state an even better place to own, operate and grow a business.”

For his part, Patronis welcomed the endorsement and stressed the importance of small businesses in Florida’s economy.

“It is a tremendous honor to have the National Federation of Independent Business endorse my campaign. As CFO, I believe that one critical key to a successful state is a robust business community. I will continue fighting to ensure Florida has low taxes and limited regulations, so businesses can expand and thrive in our state,” said Patronis.

Former state Sen. Jeremy Ring will be the Democratic candidate facing Patronis come November. Like Patronis, Ring does not face any opposition in next week’s primaries.

 

Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.

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