The leadership of the Florida Senate is standing behind one of their own to be the state’s next agriculture commissioner.

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson and Gubernatorial Candidate Adam Putnam

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, are backing state Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid, to replace term limited Adam Putnam as agriculture commissioner.  They threw their support to her on Wednesday.

“Senator Grimsley is uniquely qualified to be the state’s next agriculture commissioner, not only because of her extensive background in citrus growing and cattle ranching, but because she brings a unique experience of running a business and an administration – all while navigating government red tape,” said Galvano.  “I have no doubt that Denise Grimsley will bring her no-nonsense work ethic and her commitment to the State of Florida as a whole to work every day.  I look forward to giving her campaign my full support.”

“Denise is the type of Floridian who runs for higher office not because she wants to, but because she knows the state needs her,” said Simpson.  “Denise is a standout candidate in the Republican primary because of her hands-on experience and real-life know-how.  I am proud to endorse Denise for agriculture commissioner and will vigorously help her campaign for this post.”

“I am honored Senate President-designate Galvano and Majority Leader Simpson have endorsed my campaign to be Florida’s next commissioner of agriculture,” said Grimsley.  “During my time in the Florida Senate, I had the privilege of working alongside these leaders to better our great state, and I am grateful they’ve recognized me as the person best fit to lead the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services on behalf of Floridians.”

The move comes as no surprise as Grimsley led the Senate Agriculture Committee in this year’s session.

Grimsely faces a crowded primary which includes state Rep. Matt Caldwell, retired Army Col. Mike McCalister who ran for governor in 2010 and the U.S. Senate in 2012, and former state Rep. Baxter Troutman.



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