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John Newstreet gets endorsements from realtor, business groups in District 44 race

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John Newstreet announced today that he had earned several new endorsements in the special election contest for District 44 State Representative. The seat is open after former State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Fifth District Court of Appeal in May.

According to a press release from Newstreet’s campaign, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Florida Realtors have all endorsed him this week. The West Orange Political Alliance previously endorsed him.

John Newstreet understands the importance of free enterprise, and is committed to standing up for jobs and economic growth. He believes in putting Florida’s long-term economy ahead of short-term political fixes, and will work to secure Florida’s future,” Marian Johnson, senior vice president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber.

“For most of my life, I have worked with businesses to grow and create jobs for Floridians,” said Newstreet. “Along with serving Veterans, economic development and an improved economy for Florida will be my focus if the voters ask me to serve them as their representative.”

Newstreet is the chief executive officer of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and previously served as an aide to Senators Mel Martinez and Marco Rubio.

The primary for the special election will be on August 15. Besides Newstreet, the other Republican candidates who have qualified for the ballot are former Winter Garden Commissioner Bobby Olszewski, Usha Jain, and Bruno Portigliatti. The victor of the Republican primary will face Democrat Paul Chandler in the general election on October 10.

Note: this post has been updated to reflect that it was the West Orange Political Alliance, not the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, that issued the endorsement.

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