The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces its endorsement of of one of its own, Republican candidate John Newstreet, a Kissimmee chamber executive running in the special election for House District 44.

“John Newstreet understands the importance of free enterprise, and is committed to standing up for jobs and economic growth. He believes in putting Florida’s long-term economy ahead of short-term political fixes, and will work to secure Florida’s future,” Marian Johnson, senior vice president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber, stated in a news release issued by the chamber.

Newstreet is president and chief executive officer of the Kissimmee/Osceola Cunty Chamber of Commerce.

He faces Winter Garden small businessman and former city commissioner Bobby Olszewski, small businessman Bruno Portigliatti, and emergency room physician Dr. Usha Jain in the Aug. 15 Republican primary to fill the HD 44 seat vacated when Republican state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle resigned to take a judicial appointment.

In its press release, the Florida Chamber called Newstreet,  “fully engaged in helping make Florida more competitive” and said it “is proud to endorse him for the Florida House.”

“I am honored to receive this endorsement,” Newstreet said in the press release. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce and I share the common goals of making Florida the best state in the country to do business, create jobs and to provide a world class education that prepares our young people for a bright future.”

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