The National Federation of Independent Business announced its endorsements in Central Florida’s Florida House and Senate races Thursday, backing all Republicans, and all incumbents.
However, the group, which is Florida’s largest small-business association, did not offer endorsements in all races.
The NFIB endorsed Dean Asher in Senate District 13. Asher has won the nomination and is waiting for a Democrat to emerge from the Aug. 30 primary, Mike Clelland, Linda Stewart or Rick Roach, to battle for the seat being vacated by Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner.
The group also backed incumbents state Sens. Dorothy Hukill in Senate District 14, and Joe Negron, the incoming Senate president, in Senate District 25, along with state Reps. Dennis Baxley in Senate District 12 and Ritch Workman in Senate District 17. Baxley and Workman both are in three-way Republican primaries, with Workman facing state Rep. Debbie Mayfield in SD 17.
The group did not make an endorsement in Senate District 15, where Republican nominee Peter Vivaldi is trying to win a seat now held by Democrats.
In Central Florida House races, The NFIB endorsed state Reps. David Santiago in House District 27, Jason Brodeur in House District 28, Scott Plakon in House District 29, Bob Cortes, in House District 30, Jennifer Sullivan in House District 31, Mike La Rosa in House District 42, Mike Miller in House District 47, Rene Plasencia in House District 50, Tom Goodson in House District 51, MaryLynn Magar in House District 82 and Gayle Harrell in House District 83, along with Randy Fine in House District 53 and Sykes Lange in House District 54.
Sullivan, Plasencia, Goodson and Lange have Republican primary opponents on Aug. 30.
“Small business owners are facing huge workers compensation hikes from bad Florida Supreme Court opinions. Electing a pro-small business legislature has never been more important,” Bill Herrle, NFIB/Florida executive director, stated in a news release. “The endorsed candidates have demonstrated that they genuinely understand the challenges that small business owners in Florida are facing.”