FTBA releases trio of Cabinet approvals


  • The Florida Transportation Builders’ Association supports Republicans Ashley Moody, Jimmy Patronis and Wilton Simpson
  • The FTBA represents hundreds of members and is the watchdog of the transport construction industry
  • The primary election will be on August 23 and the general election will be on November 8.

The Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) rolled out a trio of Cabinet endorsements today ahead of the 2022 election.

The FTBA announced in a press release on Monday that it supports the Attorney General Ashley Moody and financial director Jimmy Patronis in their re-election campaigns. The voice of the Florida transportation construction industry also put its seal of approval on the Republican wilton simpson in his candidacy for the post of Commissioner for Agriculture.

“As the voice of the transportation construction industry, the FTBA Board of Directors is proud to endorse Ashley Moody for Attorney General, Jimmy Patronis for Chief Financial Officer and Wilton Simpson for Commissioner of agriculture in the next election so they can continue their good work on behalf of all Floridians,” said Henry MayfieldChairman of the Board of FTBA and Vice President and General Manager of M of Tallahassee, Inc.

“Attorney General Moody, Chief Financial Officer Patronis and Simpson have each had a positive impact on our great state during their tenure,” added Ananth Prasad, President of FTBA. “FTBA has worked closely with each over the years to ensure they understand how the transportation construction industry is critical to supporting businesses, jobs, tourism and the vitality of our great state. The state’s road and bridge builders have appreciated their continued support and believe Florida needs their continued leadership. We are proud to support each of their campaigns.

The FTBA, which represents hundreds of members and is the watchdog of the transportation construction industry, also highlighted each Republican nominee individually.

The group praised Moody for protecting the soul of Florida since taking office in 2018. Moody has no challenger in the Aug. 23 primary election. Democrats in line to face Moody in November include ‘Grim Reaper’ Daniel Uhlfelder, Aramis Ayalaformer Orange-Osceola State Attorney and Fort Lauderdale attorney Jim Lewis.

“Since taking office, General Moody has fought every day to protect the rights of Florida businesses and residents,” Mayfield added. “We have the utmost confidence in her to continue this mission and offer her our full support as she seeks re-election this year.”

Like Moody’s, FTBA thanked Patronis for promoting the Florida business community. The CFO also doesn’t have a Republican challenger but will face Tampa Democrato Adam Hattersley in the November 8 general election.

“Through his many years of public service, CFO Patronis has proven himself to be a strong leader dedicated to ensuring that Florida not only remains the best state in which to do business, but also the best state to live in and visit. “, continued Mayfield. “A critical part of that is smart infrastructure investments, which the CFO has always supported, and that’s why we’re proud to offer him our endorsement.”

FTBA also touted Simpson for prioritizing and funding critical infrastructure in the Sunshine State. Simpson, who is heavily favored to become Florida’s next agriculture commissioner, has served in the Florida Senate since 2012. Republican Triably will face James Shaw in the Republican primary on August 23.

“As Speaker of the Senate, Wilton Simpson has made fiscally responsible infrastructure investments that help create jobs, improve the quality of life for Floridians, and provide a return on investment for the state,” Mayfield concluded. . “We are confident that he will continue to serve the best interests of our state and its citizens as Commissioner of Agriculture.”

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