Florida Realtors® PAC Supports Candidates for Cabinet, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives

Florida Realtors® PAC Supports Candidates for Cabinet, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 10, 2018 — Today, Florida Realtors® PAC made its candidate endorsements for the 2018 election cycle.

More than 300 candidates have qualified to run for state Senate and House of Representatives seats this election cycle. Florida Realtors PAC has announced an initial list of supported candidates in these races.

“As Realtors, we pride ourselves on our long-standing efforts to defend private property rights, promote community prosperity and preserve a professional climate that ensures the economic growth of Florida,” says Ann DeFries, chair of Florida Realtors PAC Trustees. “Our continued success in these efforts requires legislators who share these beliefs and will work with our 180,000+ members to help Floridians and their communities thrive.”

“The health of Florida’s real estate industry and its economy go hand-in-hand,” adds Bill Martin, CEO of Florida Realtors. “We need elected officials who understand this relationship and will work tirelessly to enact laws and policies that promote homeownership and protect the rights of homeowners throughout the state.”

Candidates were evaluated on numerous factors, including their voting record on issues that are relevant to the real estate profession.

“Florida is a beacon of success in the nation, but we need dedicated elected officials rolling up their sleeves and working with organizations like ours to ensure that success continues,” says Carrie O’Rourke, vice president of public policy for Florida Realtors. “We believe these candidates will do just that and hope Florida voters agree in November.”

Florida Realtors PAC candidates for Florida Governor and Cabinet include:

  • Governor        Adam Putnam
  • Attorney General      Ashley Moody
  • Chief Financial Officer         Jimmy Patronis
  • Commissioner of Agriculture          Denise Grimsley


Florida Realtors PAC candidates for the Florida Senate:

District Candidate
2 Senator George Gainer
4 Senator Aaron Bean
8 Senator Keith Perry
10 Senator Wilton Simpson
12 Senator Dennis Baxley
14 Senator Dorothy Hukill
18 Senator Dana Young
20 Senator Tom Lee
22 Senator Kelli Stargel
23 Representative Joe Gruters
24 Senator Jeff Brandes
26 Representative Ben Albritton
28 Senator Kathleen Passidomo
30 Senator Bobby Powell
34 Senator Gary Farmer Jr.
36 Representative Manny Diaz Jr.
38 Senator Daphne Campbell
40 Senator Annette Taddeo


Florida Realtors PAC candidates for the Florida House include:

District Candidate
1 Rebekah Bydlak
2 Alex Andrade
3 Representative Jayer Williamson
4 Representative Mel Ponder
6 Representative Jay Trumbull
10 Marc Vann
11 Representative Cord Byrd
12 Representative Clay Yarborough
16 Representative Jason Fischer
17 Representative Cyndi Stevenson
19 Representative Bobby Payne
21 Representative Chuck Clemons
22 Representative Charlie Stone
23 Representative Stan McClain
24 Representative Paul Renner
25 Representative Tom Leek
27 Representative David Santiago
28 David Smith
29 Representative Scott Plakon
30 Representative Bob Cortes
31 Representative Jennifer Sullivan
34 Representative Ralph Massullo Jr.
35 Representative Blaise Ingoglia
36 Representative Amber Mariano
38 Representative Danny Burgess
39 Representative Josie Tomkow
40 Representative Colleen Burton
42 Representative Mike LaRosa
44 Representative Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski
46 Representative Bruce H. Antone
48 Representative Amy Mercado
49 Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith
50 Representative Rene “Coach P” Plasencia
51 Tyler Sirois
52 Representative Thad Altman
53 Representative Randy Fine
54 Representative Erin Grall
55 Representative Cary Pigman
56 Melony Bell
58 Representative Lawrence McClure
60 Representative Jackie Toledo
63 Representative Shawn Harrison
64 Representative James Grant
65 Representative Chris Sprowls
66 Nick DiCeglie
67 Representative Chris Latvala
69 Jeremy Bailie
70 Representative Wengay “Newt” Newton
71 Will Robinson
73 Tommy Gregory
76 Representative Ray Rodrigues
77 Representative Dane Eagle
78 Representative Heather Fitzenhagen
80 Representative Byron Donalds
82 Representative Mary Lynn Magar
85 Representative Rick Roth
86 Representative Matt Willhite
87 Representative David Silvers
92 Representative Patricia Hawkins-Williams
96 Representative Kristin Jacobs
97 Representative Jared Moskowitz
105 Ana Maria Rodriguez
106 Representative Bob Rommel
108 Representative Roy Hardemon
111 Representative Bryan Avila
112 Representative Nicholas Duran
114 Representative Javier Fernandez
116 Representative Danny Perez
120 Representative Holly Raschein




Paid political advertisements are paid for by Realtors Political Advocacy Committee, independently of any candidate. Address: 115 East Park Avenue, Suite 1, Tallahassee, FL 32301.


Florida Realtors is the largest trade association in the state with more than 180,000 members and serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. Its mission is to advance Florida’s real estate industry by shaping public policy on real property issues; encouraging, promoting and teaching consistent standards for ethical practice and professionalism; and building on the efforts of its 54 local boards/associations to provide the information and tools members need to succeed. Florida Realtors Media Center website is available at https://media.floridarealtors.org.


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