Bob Cortes continues to roll out endorsements in his bid to take back House District 30. On Monday, his campaign announced that he has been endorsed by the Central Florida Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors PAC.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) is the largest commercial construction trade association in Florida with five chapters across the state. The organization serve contractors and subcontractors in all trades
The Central Florida Chapter represents companies doing business in the five counties of Orange, Lake, Volusia, Seminole and Osceola.
“We appreciate Rep. Cortes’s past support for free enterprise and workforce development and look forward to working with him in the 2021 Session,” said Thomas Wert, ABC PAC Chairman.
Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC helps members develop people, win work, and deliver that work safely and ethically for the betterment of community. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from one of our most important sectors in Central Florida,” said Cortes. “During these challenging times, we will be focused on rebuilding our economy with hard work and ingenuity. I look forward to working with our builders and contractors and making sure our public policy supports American enterprise.”
Cortes was born in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Puerto Rico where he was raised. He moved Altamonte Springs before residing in Longwood where he founded two businesses: Cortes Towing Service and Cortrans Shuttle Service. Before being elected to the Florida House, Cortes served on the Longwood City Commission from 2009 to 2014.
He was first elected to the chamber in 2014 where he served as Vice Chairman of the Education Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Sub Committee. He also served as the Majority Deputy Whip from 2016 to 2018.
Following his departure from the House, Cortes remained active, serving on the Seminole State College board of trustees after being appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis last August. He also served on the governor’s transition team back in 2018.
The seat is currently held by Democratic Representative Joy Goff-Marcil.