Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam picks up the endorsement of Florida’s largest trade association. The Florida Realtors® PAC made its candidate endorsements for the 2018 election cycle. Republican candidates did very well among the Florida Realtors’ endorsements for governor and the Cabinet posts.
“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, chair 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.”
In addition to Putnam for governor, the Florida Realtors endorsed Ashley Moody for Attorney General, current CFO Jimmy Patronis for Chief Financial Officer, and Denise Grimsley for Agriculture Commissioner.
Candidates were evaluated on a variety of factors, including their voting record on issues that are relevant to the real estate profession.
“The health of Florida’s real estate industry and its economy go hand-in-hand,” said Bill Martin, CEO of Florida Realtors. “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.”
Putnam, the state’s current Agriculture Commissioner, is in a primary battle with U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Recent polls have shown Putnam out in front with a strong double-digit lead over DeSantis.
Moody, a former Hillsborough judge, is in a battle for the Republican nomination for Attorney General with state Rep. Frank White from Pensacola.
CFO Patronis is running unopposed in the primary. He’ll go up against Democrat Jeremy Ring, a former state legislator, in the November general election.
Grimsley is one of four GOP candidates seeking their party’s nomination for Agriculture Commissioner. Grimsley, a state senator from Sebring, is going up against
Lehigh Acres Rep. Matt Caldwell, retired U.S. Army Col. Mike McCalister and former Winter Haven Rep. Baxter Troutman.
“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, vice president of public policy for Florida Realtors. “We believe these candidates will do just that and hope Florida voters agree in November.”