For Immediate Release: May 31, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Robinson, a lawyer and community leader, and whose family successfully started and then grew an expansive retail business, is the choice for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of Will Robinson for the Florida House of Representatives. Robinson, a Republican, is running for election in House District 71 which covers coastal Manatee County and a northern portion of the Sarasota County coast.

"Will’s family is a great American success story of starting and then expanding a retail business, and his experience in retailing, law and his passion for Florida and making the state more business-friendly will help strengthen our industry,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We look forward to Will’s impact as a member of the Florida House.”

Robinson is a 3rd-generation Bradentonian and partner of the Blalock Walters law firm where he focuses on real estate law. Will has deep family roots in Manatee County. Robinson’s uncle and grandfather started Robby’s Sporting Goods, which grew to nearly 50 locations throughout the South. The family retail business was purchased by Woolworth’s in 1988 and eventually merged with Champs Sports.

Robinson is a Governor Rick Scott appointee of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Board of Governors. Robinson was also the past chair of both Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority.

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.

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For Immediate Release: July 5, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Former Representative Hooper has focused on supporting legislation that created jobs and enhanced Florida’s economic climate, and is the choice for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of Ed Hooper for the Florida Senate. Hooper, a Republican and former member of the Florida House of Representatives, is running for Senate District 16 which covers Pinellas County and western Pasco County.

“As a member of the House, Representative Hooper supported legislation that enhanced Florida’s job creation efforts, including our retail industry,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “As a Senator, we know he’ll continue this effort and work towards ways to make Florida the best state for business.”

Hooper is a retired firefighter after serving for 28 years, a government and community relations consultant and a legislative and community leader. As a legislator, he’s focused on reducing taxes and ensuring Florida has the right economic environment for small businesses to flourish. As a State Representative, he was named Deputy Majority Whip, and has helped secure billions of dollars in tax relief for Florida’s working families.

His community involvement includes being a Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Board member, a founding member of the Florida Firefighter Caucus and has received awards from Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Florida Sheriffs Association and was named the Professional Firefighter of the Year by the Governor, State Fire Marshal and Florida Cabinet.

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.

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For Immediate Release: July 12, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Bydlak has focused her career on ensuring fiscal responsibility and supporting Florida families, and is the choice for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of Rebekah Bydlak for the Florida House. Bydlak, a Republican, is running for House District 1 which covers parts of Escambia County.

“Rebekah is a successful and energetic candidate who has had the best interests of Floridians and business owners in mind during her professional career,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “Living on the Florida border, she knows firsthand how unnecessary taxes like the business rent tax have hurt Florida businesses and forced others to start somewhere else. Her fresh ideas and desire to make Florida the best place to live and work will be a big benefit to retailers when she’s a member of the Florida House.”

Born and raised in Northwest Florida, Rebekah serves as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Reduce Spending which fights for lower spending, fiscal responsibility, and constitutional government. She attended Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida (UWF) and holds a master’s degree in political science and public administration from UWF.

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.

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For Immediate Release: June 7, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Incumbent Dennis Baxley has supported legislation protecting Florida’s retail industry during his time in the Senate 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 Dennis Baxley for the Florida Senate. Baxley, a Republican, is running for election in Senate District 12 which includes portions of Lake County and a significant part of north-central Florida.

"Senator Baxley has made tremendous strides in helping to protect retailers by supporting legislation on limiting organized retail crime and by not increasing the felony threshold limit,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We’re eager to see the continued progress for our industry Senator Baxley makes in his return to the Florida Senate.”

Baxley is a funeral director/consultant who served as principal owner and Vice President of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. He is an active member in the community as a past President of the Belleview Rotary Club and is currently involved with Marion County Children’s Alliance, Kimberly’s Cottage and The Vine Community Church where he is an active member.

Senator Baxley was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 where he served as Speaker Pro Tempore. He was re-elected to the House in 2010 and served as Chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee. In 2016, Dennis Baxley was elected to the Florida Senate to serve his constituents in Senate District 12. He currently serves as Chairman of the Governmental Oversight and Accountability committee and Vice-Chairman of Criminal Justice.

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. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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