Former Florida Department of Management Services secretary Jack Miles issued his endorsement Monday of Republican Stockton Reeves in the race for Florida’s House District 47 seat.
Reeves, a Winter Park businessman, faces Democrat Anna Eskamani, a Planned Parenthood executive, in the 2018 election race to succeed state Rep. Mike Miller, a Republican who is running for Congress rather than re-election.
Miles, a former executive with Cigna, served as management services secretary under Gov. Rick Scott, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of national and local non-profits, on the advisory board of four early stage, pre-initial public offering firms. He also served as a trustee for Florida TaxWatch and a member of the TaxWatch Center for Government Efficiency, and also as a member of the Government Efficiency Task Force for the State of Florida.
“Stockton Reeves has always impressed me as someone with an understanding of financial planning and budgeting for the future,” Miles stated in a news release issued by Reeves’ campaign. “He helped start and grow several successful business ventures and served as a trustee for a cherished Central Florida cultural institution, the Maitland Art Center, for almost 20 years including an unprecedented three terms as its chairman.”
“He has overseen the growth of his family’s business from a locally based planning and design firm to one that now serves clients across the nation. That’s impressive because in the face of one of nation’s deepest recessions, they expanded by opening an office in Texas and today are working in sixteen states across the United States. Their client base is local governments so Stockton understands the importance of spending tax dollars wisely and seeking the best value for every expenditure,” Miles added.
“To grow and expand in uncertain economic times takes foresight, courage and planning. Stockton exhibits all of these qualities and I believe he would be an excellent representative for Central Florida and an asset to the state. His business experience and background would serve us all and that’s why I am proud to offer my help and support for Stockton. I truly believe he is best prepared to serve,” Miles concluded.