For Immediate Release: October 15, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

These House incumbents have been supportive of Florida retailers in the past, and are the choices for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of a number of House incumbents who have all supported Florida’s retail industry during their previous terms in the Florida House. These incumbents include:

Jayer Williamson, District 3 Mel Ponder, District 4 Jay Trumbull, District 6
Clay Yarborough, District 12 Jason Fischer, District 16 Cyndi Stevenson, District 17
Bobby Payne, District 19 Charles Clemons, District 21 Charlie Stone, District 22
Stan McClain, District 23 Paul Renner, District 24 Tom Leek, District 25
David Santiago, District 27 Bob Cortes, District 30 Jennifer Sullivan, District 31
Blaise Ingoglia, District 35 Amber Mariano, District 36 Danny Burgess, District 38
Josie Tomkow, District 39 Colleen Burton, District 40 Mike LaRosa, District 42
Bobby Olszewski, District 44 Rene Plasencia, District 50 Randy Fine, District 53
Cary Pigman, District 55 Lawrence McClure, District 58 Jackie Toledo, District 60
James Grant, District 64 Chris Sprowls, District 65 Chris Latvala, District 67
Ray Rodrigues, District 76 Dane Eagle, District 77 Heather Fitzenhagen, District 78
Byron Donalds, District 80 MaryLynn Magar, District 82 Rick Roth, District 85
Bob Rommel, District 106 Jose Oliva, District 110 Bryan Avila, District 111
Daniel Perez, District 116 Holly Raschein, District 120

“For our industry and our members to succeed, it’s important for us to have legislative partners who understand the value that retail brings to our state and have them work to pass legislation that supports the growth of Florida businesses,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “These House incumbents have been friends of retailing and we’re confident they will continue this support when they are re-elected.”

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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For Immediate Release: September 25, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Caldwell supported Florida retailers during his time in the House including ways to balance industry needs with consumer issues, and is the choice for Florida’s premier retail industry association

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) PAC today announced its endorsement of republican Matt Caldwell for Agriculture Commissioner.

“During his time in the Florida House, Matt consistently worked with Florida’s retail industry on ways to balance the needs of the business community with those of consumers, and as Agriculture Commissioner we know he’ll continue this partnership and help our industry grow,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “The Florida Retail Federation looks forward to working with Matt on eliminating unnecessary regulations that may hinder the success of business owners throughout the state and ensuring Florida remains a great state to do business.”

"I am grateful to have earned the endorsement of the Florida Retail Federation, the voice that represents a diverse business community in Florida,” said Caldwell. “As Florida's next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, I will work hand-in-hand with job creators to ensure Florida continues to be a business-friendly state with a bustling and growing economy.”

Caldwell is a 7th-generation Floridian who grew up in Lee County and was first elected to the Florida House in 2010. He served on several committees during his tenure in the House, including transportation, tax policy, redistricting, insurance, banking, and local & federal government affairs. He most recently chaired the Government Accountability Committee, which oversees subcommittees regarding natural resources and public lands, transportation and infrastructure, local, federal, and military issues, and oversight of government operations, such as pensions and elections.

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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For Immediate Release: August 14, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Small business owner and incumbent Gainer has been a friend of retailing 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 George Gainer for the Florida Senate. Gainer, a Republican, is running for Senate District 2 encompassing Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington, and part of Okaloosa counties.

“Senator Gainer’s knowledge of what it takes to run a small business as well as his support for retailers during his time in the Senate are just two reasons we’ve chosen to endorse his campaign,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We look forward to him continuing to work in support of Florida’s business community and the retail industry in his return to the Florida Senate.”

Gainer previously served as a Bay County commissioner, representing Tyndall AFB and other parts of southern Bay County, from 1968-1972 and again from 2002-2016. Senator Gainer was elected to the Florida Senate with no opposition in November 2016. In addition to his responsibilities in the Senate, Senator Gainer serves on various community boards and organizations.

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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For Immediate Release: July 2, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Young has supported retail-related legislation during her time in 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 Dana Young for the Florida Senate. Young, a Republican, is running for re-election in Senate District 18 which stretches from South Tampa to northwest Hillsborough County.

“Senator Young has supported and sponsored legislation that has helped to modernize the retail industry in Florida,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We’re proud to support her campaign and look forward to working with her on additional ways to help Sunshine State retailers in her return to the Senate.”

Young, an attorney, is a sixth-generation Floridian and continued her proud family tradition of public service when she was elected to the House in 2010, and then elected to the Senate in 2016. During her legislative career in the House, she served as Majority Leader, Majority Whip and Deputy Majority Leader, as well as Chairman of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation. As a Senator, she Chairs the Health Policy Committee, and is a member of the Commerce & Tourism, Communications, Energy & Public Utilities and Regulated Industries committees.

Sen. Young has worked tirelessly to pass legislation aimed at creating an exceptional business climate and a world class quality of life for Floridians.

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 30, 2018
CONTACT: James Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850)701-3015

Vann owns a 3rd generation small retail business and has served his community in a number of different roles, 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 Marc Vann for the Florida House of Representatives. Vann, a Republican, is running for election in House District 10 which covers Baker, Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties as well as a portion of northwestern Alachua.

"As a small business owner whose store has been serving its customers for more than 70 years, Marc knows what it takes to successfully run and maintain a retail business, and will do his part to help other retailers like him,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “Marc has the experience and knowledge to make a difference in the Florida House for Sunshine State retailers.”

Vann’s family business, Vann Carpet One, has been operating since 1947, which he currently runs with his brother Paul. He has a long history of community service in Lake City, Columbia County and the greater Suwannee Valley including service on the Lake Shore Hospital Authority, board member for the Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Columbia County Economic Development Advisory Board and is a 35-year member of the Kiwanis Club.

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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