Florida Forestry Association Endorses Wilton Simpson for Agricultural Commissioner Position
the Florida Forestry Association is the latest organization to endorse the President of the Senate at Wilton Simpson candidacy for the post of Commissioner for Agriculture.
Simpson, a Republican from Trilby, is the favorite to succeed the Democratic agriculture commissioner Fried Nikki, who is leaving her post as she aims to become Florida’s next governor. The Florida Forestry Association, a statewide trade association that promotes the responsible and sustainable use of Florida’s forest resources, released the approval Tuesday.
“Wilton Simpson has a proven track record of strong, common-sense leadership,” said Alain Shelby, executive vice-president of the association. “By combining sound policies with political savvy, it clearly presents Florida’s best choice for growing our economy while protecting our environment.”
The announcement follows the approval of dozens of Florida sheriffs given the day before. While the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services oversees gun licensing and other law enforcement operations, the Florida Forestry Association has more traditional roots in operations overseen by the department.
“The logging industry employs more than 124,000 Floridians and injects $25 billion into our economy,” Simpson said. “Members of the Florida Forestry Association are on the front lines of promoting the responsible and sustainable use of Florida’s precious forest resources, and I am honored to have their support.”
Simpson, affectionately known around the Capitol as an egg farmer, is the overwhelming favorite to win his party’s nomination for the job and take on the Democratic nominee. Ryan Moraux, a cannabis activist from Clermont. simpsons has millions on hand for his campaign, compared to Morales and the Republican candidates Richard Ollie Jr.. and James Shawwho did negligible fundraising.
The Senate president’s first public endorsement came months before he officially announced his campaign, when the former president Donald Trump supported him For the job. The National Rifle Association, Florida Farm Bureau FarmPAC, Florida Police Benevolent Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, and Associated Industries of Florida have also lent their support to Simpson.
Simpson began his political career in 2012, when he was first elected to the Senate. In addition to his current leadership role as President of the Senate, he previously served as Senate Majority Leader.