Sanford businessman Scott Sturgill, a Republican running for Florida’s 7th Congressional District, announced Wednesday that he’d picked up an endorsement from a political committee affiliated with the Family Research Council.
“As a businessman, [Scott] understands firsthand the bureaucracy and red tape entrepreneurs face when starting and operating a business,” said retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of FRC. “We are encouraged by [Scott’s] commitment to protect the most vulnerable among us and defending our fundamental freedoms…[he] is the leader Florida needs.”
FRC is a conservative group with a mission to “advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.” Sturgill’s campaign said his pro-life and pro-religious freedom stances have made him “a favorable candidate” to FRC Action PAC and other to religious groups.
“I am thrilled to have the support of FRC. Getting more pro-family candidates elected is what 2018 is all about,” Sturgill said.
He faces Winter Park state Rep. Mike Miller and Orlando attorney Vennia Francois in the Republican Primary for CD 7, which covers a large portion of Seminole County and a piece of Orange County, including downtown Orlando.
The seat is currently held by freshman Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy. She faces Chardo Richardson, an Air Force veteran and former head of the Central Florida Chapter of the ACLU, in the Democratic Primary.
University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato‘s “Crystal Ball” currently lists CD 7 as “likely Democratic” in the fall. Even with the Democratic advantage, CD 7 is the biggest target for a Republican flip among Florida’s 27 Congressional districts.