Republican John Newstreet has added the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Florida Realtors to his list of endorsers that already included the Florida Chamber of Commerce, in his bid for the special election to fill the House District 44 open seat.

Newstreet, chairman and chief executive officer of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, is running in a field of four Republicans and one Democrat, with a primary election set for Aug. 15 and a general election for Oct. 10.

His campaign announced the two new endorsements Thursday.

He also received the endorsement of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce last week, after that organization hosted a candidates debate that included him, Republicans Bobby Olzewski and Usha Jain, and Democrat Paul Chandler. Republican Bruno Portigliatti also is in the race, but was unable to attend the debate.

“For most of my life, I have worked with businesses to grow and create jobs for Floridians,” Newstreet stated in a press release issued by his campaign. “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.”


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