Caldwell Announces Another Key Endorsement Block in Bid for Commissioner of Agriculture

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Today, Representative Matt Caldwell announced the endorsements of Republican House Members from Tampa Bay and the surrounding region, in the seventh wave of endorsements announced by the campaign. Since launching his bid for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Representative Caldwell continues to travel the Sunshine State talking to voters, sharing his conservative message and building support for his grassroots campaign, which has raised $1.56 million to date and has nearly $1.1 million cash-on-hand.



 Today, Representative Matt Caldwell announced the endorsements of Republican House Members from Tampa Bay and the surrounding region, in the seventh wave of endorsements announced by the campaign. Since launching his bid for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Representative Caldwell continues to travel the Sunshine State talking to voters, sharing his conservative message and building support for his grassroots campaign, which has raised $1.56 million to date and has nearly $1.1 million cash-on-hand.

Representative Caldwell said, “I am proud to receive the endorsements from my colleagues.  I will continue to work hard to earn support from Floridians across the Sunshine State, who know the importance of having a principled conservative serving as Commissioner of Agriculture and on the Florida cabinet.”

The seventh wave of endorsements includes:

  • Rep. Ralph Massullo (R-Lecanto)
  • Rep. Amber Mariano (R-Hudson)
  • Rep. Danny Burgess Jr. (R-Zephyrhills)
  • Rep. Ross Spano (R-Dover)
  • Rep. Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa)
  • Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa)
  • Rep. Larry Ahern (R-Seminole)
  • Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton)
  • Rep. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota)
  • Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice)
  • Former Rep. Jimmie T. Smith (R-Citrus County)

Representative Boyd said, “I am proud to endorse my friend, Matt Caldwell. Matt has not only proven himself as a committed public servant but is also the only candidate who has consistently received an A rating from the NRA. Matt Caldwell is the right choice to guide our department of agriculture and consumer services.”

Representative Gruters said, “I support Matt Caldwell for Commissioner of Agriculture. His experience working on water and agricultural policy, along with his conservative principles and leadership abilities best qualify him to be Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture.”

Representative Toledo said, “Matt is a great leader in the Florida legislature and I am proud of the work we have done to shape policies that serve families across Florida, including this year’s Texting While Driving Bill. Matt has my vote to continue serving Florida families as our next Commissioner of Agriculture.”

The Commissioner of Agriculture serves as a member of the Florida Cabinet and is critical to the foundation of Florida’s economy. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services helps the agricultural industry with its daily challenges, promotes Florida’s agricultural commodities, manages state forests, safeguards consumers, implements the school lunch program, and oversees the concealed-weapon license system.

The Caldwell campaign has also announced the endorsements of Republican House members from the Panhandle, Northeast Florida, Central Florida, Southwest Florida, and South Florida delegations. This is in addition to endorsements from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, former candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture Paul Paulson, and a number of county constitutional officers.  Caldwell is also a Life Member of the NRA and has consistently received an A-rating during his service in the Legislature.

Additionally, the campaign continues to travel across the Sunshine State as a part of Caldwell’s statewide #2LaneTravels Work Days Tour that highlights and showcases industries overseen as Commissioner of Agriculture. WATCH: Highlights from our #2LaneTravels Work Days, including oysters, timber, cattle, and more!



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