Republican Dean Asher has picked up the endorsement of both the local and state chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors in his bid for Orlando-based Senate District 13.

Asher, a Realtor, was cited in part for his work on the board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and as the Orlando International Airport’s liaison with the Port Canaveral Port Authority.

“Mr. Asher’s years of community involvement makes him a great fit to represent the citizens of Senate District 13,” ABC 2016 PAC Chairman Michael Dodane stated in a news release issued by Asher’s campaign. “His work with OIA and Port Canaveral and his consensus style of leadership has helped drive economic growth in Central Florida in a positive and meaningful way. As a small-business owner, Dean’s pro-job growth attitude will be an asset in Tallahassee.”

Asher hopes to replace termed-out Senate President Andy Gardiner in representing Senate District 13. The district’s new boundaries have made it more attractive to Democrats, and three are running, including former state Reps. Linda Stewart and Mike Clelland, and former Orange County School Board member Rick Roach.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement from one of the largest employers in Central Florida,” Asher stated in the release. “I look forward to working with them in our shared values to grow the economy and to help as many Americans as possible achieve the lifelong goal of being homeowners.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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