For Immediate Release: June 5, 2018
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Keith Perry, a small business owner, supporter of retailing and community leader, is the choice for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of incumbent Keith Perry for the Florida Senate. Perry, a Republican, is running for election in Senate District 8 in North Central Florida which includes all of Putnam and Alachua counties and a large part of Marion County.

"Keith is a long-time business owner, and as a Senator, he’s been a tremendous advocate Florida retailers by helping to pass important legislation that enhances our industry,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “Keith is a friend of retail and we look forward to continuing to work with him on ways to ensure Florida remains the top state for businesses.”

Perry runs Perry Roofing, a Top 100 roofing company with 150 employees and three offices across the state. He is a Florida native and has spent his whole life in North Central Florida. For 14 years he served as the founding president of House of Hope, an organization dedicated to providing housing, job opportunities, mentorship and rehabilitation for former inmates, and has supported other local charities including the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, the Dignity Project, and the Reichert House. He served on the board of the Salvation Army and has been active with the Women’s Center for over 20 years.

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: May 31, 2018
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Dianne Hart is a small business owner, community leader, and a retailer for more than 30 years, and is the choice for Florida's premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of retailer Dianne Hart for the Florida House of Representatives. Hart, a Democrat, is running for election in House District 61 which covers downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and Seminole Heights.

"Dianne has successfully run a small retail business for 30 years all while making a significant difference in her community, and we are confident she will continue to support her fellow retailers,” said FRF President & CEO R. Scott Shalley. “Dianne is a great example of a business and community leader and we feel she’ll make a big impact in the Florida House.”

Hart has owned and operated Ms. Dee’s World of Beauty in Tampa for more than 30 years. She is also actively involved in her community, including currently serving as CEO of the East Tampa Business and Civic Association, is a member of the Hillsborough County Children’s Advisory Board and NFL YET Center, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Task Force and serves on the Commission of the Status of Women. Hart is also committed to a local food initiative in Hillsborough County as well as focusing on economic development projects.

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, 2017
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Business owner Mallea is the choice in House District 116 for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC, the state’s premier trade association celebrating its 80th year of supporting Florida’s retailers, today announced its endorsement of Jose Mallea for the Florida House. Mallea, a Republican, is running for election in House District 116 in South Florida. “As a brewer, accomplished small business owner, and someone who has signed the front of a paycheck, Jose is familiar with the changes that need to be made in order to strengthen and enhance Florida’s business community,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We’re eager to see the impact Jose will make as the representative of House District 116, as we work with him on supporting Sunshine State businesses and retailers.” A native of Miami, Mallea is an accomplished business owner and job creator. Jose previously served in the George W. Bush White House and managed Marco Rubio’s first U.S. Senate campaign.

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 6, 2017
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Local business leader Newstreet is the choice in House District 44 for Florida’s premier retail industry association representing one of Florida’s largest employment industries

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC, the state’s premier trade association celebrating its 80th year of supporting Florida’s retailers, today announced its endorsement of John Newstreet for the Florida House. Newstreet, a Republican, is running for election in House District 44 in Central Florida.

“As the president of a local chamber and a business leader, John is familiar with the importance of supporting local businesses and ensuring they have the ability, resources and support to grow and succeed,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We’re confident John will take this business-friendly focus with him as the new representative for House District 44 and we look forward to the opportunity to work with him in support of our members.”

John currently serves as the President/CEO of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. John served in the U.S. Coast Guard, graduated from the University of Central Florida and worked as a financial planner before being called back into service as the Florida director of the American Legion. His work for veterans later earned him a job with then U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and Marco Rubio. John’s charitable and community work includes Boy Scouts of America, Give Kids the World, county emergency operations, and several others.

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, 2017
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Business-friendly Diaz is the choice in Senate District 40 for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC, the state’s premier trade association celebrating its 80th year of supporting Florida’s retailers, today announced its endorsement of Jose Felix Diaz for the Florida Senate. Diaz, a Republican, is running for election in Senate District 40 in South Florida.

“Jose has been an advocate for business and retailing during his time in the House, including supporting legislation that created $500 million in tax relief, and the removal of burdensome regulations on small businesses,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We’re confident his support will continue when he’s elected to represent Senate District 40, and we look forward to working with him on future legislation that supports Florida’s 270,000 retailers.”

A native of Miami, Diaz recently served as the representative for House District 116. Jose developed his love for public service as student body president of his high school and college. While at the University of Miami, Jose was selected as Florida's College Student of the Year. Soon thereafter, Jose went on to Columbia Law School where he received several notable distinctions including the American Bar Association’s Silver Key. Upon graduation, he returned to Miami to join the law firm of Akerman LLP, and was appointed to the American Bar Association's legislative body, the House of Delegates.

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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