Republican congressional candidate Scott Sturgill has received the endorsement of former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Sturgill’s campaign announced Monday.

“Scott is exactly the kind of leader we need in Congress right now,” Haridopolos said in a news release issued by Sturgill’s campaign. “He’s a successful businessman with deep ties to his community with the talent to do a lot of great things for his district, while doing his part to fix a broken system in Washington.”

Sturgill, chief executive officer of Durable Safety Products, faces state Rep. Mike MillerVennia V. Francois, and Patrick Weingart in seeking the August 28 Republican nomination in CD 7. They all hope to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy in November. The district covers Seminole County and central Orange County.

“Mike Haridopolos was a champion for Floridians during his time in the state legislature and I’m grateful for his support,” Sturgill said in the release. “The culture in Tallahassee and Washington is much different now with gridlock tying up the process to a point where lawmakers can’t even pass a budget on time. When I’m in Congress, I’ll put the interest of my constituents ahead of the special interest and do my part to fix a broken system.”

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