For Immediate Release: June 18, 2018
Small business owner Stargel has helped pass legislation aimed at strengthening Florida’s retail industry and is the choice for Florida’s premier retail industry association
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of incumbent Kelli Stargel for the Florida Senate. Stargel, a Republican, is running for election in Senate District 22 which encompasses most of Polk County and south Lake County.
"In her role as Senate Finance & Tax Chair this past year, Senator Stargel showed continued leadership in her support of Florida’s retailers by including in the tax package a reduction in the business rent tax and multiple sales tax holidays,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We’re thankful for her partnership in ensuring the growth of the retail industry, and look forward to finding new ways to support the industry when she returns to the Senate.”
Senator Stargel works as the investment property manager for her family-owned small business in Lakeland. She is Chair of the Finance & Tax Committee, Vice Chair of Health and Human Services Appropriation Committee and has served as Chair of the Higher Education Committee, the Regulated Industries Committee and is the Deputy Majority Leader. She previously served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives and was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012.
Senator Stargel has received a number of awards from various organizations over her time in the Legislature including the Foundation for Florida’s Future A+ Award and the Florida Farm Bureau Champion for Agriculture Award among others. In 2017, she was honored to be the Children’s Home Society Legislator of the Year and the Florida Realtors Legislative Champion. Senator Stargel chairs the Public Service Commission Nominating Council and is an appointee to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.