TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Representative Matt Caldwell continues to outraise the field and build momentum in his bid for Commissioner of Agriculture. In December, Caldwell’s campaign and Political Committee raised a combined $101,701 and has over $1,078,762 million cash-on-hand.
Caldwell is running against Senator Denise Grimsley and former Representative Baxter Troutman in the Republican Primary. Senator Denise Grimsley, on the other hand, didn’t break the six-figure mark with her fundraising this month. In December, Grimsley’s campaign and Political Committee raised a combined $90,275 and has $872,278 cash-on-hand. In December, Troutman’s campaign and Political Committee raised a combined $7,875.
Brian Swensen, spokesperson for Caldwell’s campaign said, “Matt is the hardest working candidate in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture and continues to build momentum every day heading into the election year. He is outraising his opponents, has traveled more than 41,000 miles across the State since May, is the principled conservative in the race, and the only candidate that has consistently received an A rating from the NRA.”
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!