- Former Senate President Wilton Simpson has won the election for Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture over Democrat candidate Naomi Blemur
- Simpson gained 59.4 percent of the vote and topped Blemur by nearly a million votes
- With the win, Florida’s Cabinet will be comprised of all Republicans for the first time since the Civil War era
Former state senator Wilton Simpson is Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture after defeating Democrat candidate Naomi Blemur.
Simpson, an egg farmer, was seen as the heavy favorite in the race, ultimately picking up 59.4 percent of the vote compared to Blemur’s 40.6 percent.
Simpson garnered just under a million more votes than Blemur, accruing 4,422,809 in total.
“Floridians showed up today for freedom. They showed up for economic freedom, the freedom to make decisions for their children, to run their businesses and raise their families without fear of government overreach,” said Simpson in a statement upon his victory.
With the win, Simpson ensures that the state Cabinet will be comprised of all Republicans for the first time since the Civil War era. At the turn of the election cycle, Florida’s Cabinet will include Simpson, Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
“Congratulations to … the entirety of the GOP ticket in the Sunshine State. Republicans are committed to keeping Florida the state for freedom and opportunity, all the while standing up to the Democrats’ woke, anti-family agenda,” said Republican National Convention Spokeswoman Julia Friedland.
Simpson, who most recently served as Senate President in the state Capitol, has worked in the state Senate since 2012 and played a key role in advancing key conservative pieces of legislature.
Predicated on supporting farmers, Simpson’s campaign platform featured such actions as protecting the citrus-growing industry, lowering property taxes for farmers, and protecting farmers from what he described as “frivolous lawsuits.”
Simpson picked up key endorsements throughout his campaign, including nods of approval from former President Donald Trump, Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the Associated Industries of Florida.
“Wilton Simpson understands that the more affordable Florida is for our businesses, the stronger our economy will be for hardworking families. By keeping taxes low, getting rid of job-killing regulations, and exercising fiscal responsibility, Wilton has protected the path to prosperity for millions of Floridians. We are confident that he will continue to do so as Florida’s next Agriculture Commissioner.” – AIF President and CEO Brewster Bevis.
The position was vacated after outgoing Commissioner Nikki Fried did not seek re-election in order to run for Governor.