April 25, 2022

Ron DeSantis Endorses Wilton Simpson and Jimmy Patronis

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By Lydia Nusbaum

April 25, 2022 Updated 5:27 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday he endorsed Republican state Senate President Wilton Simpson for Commissioner of Agriculture and Jimmy Patronis for Chief Financial Officer. 

Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson faces three other Republicans in the race to be the next Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. 

“I am supporting Wilton Simpson, who has helped pass major reform for election integrity, choice in education, Big Tech censorship and law enforcement recruitment,” DeSantis said on Twitter.

Simpson said in response that he is honored to have the Governor’s support. 

“Our great Governor has led our state through these unprecedented times with a focus on our hardworking families and businesses. Together, we helped keep Florida free and prosperous,” Simpson said. 

Simpson has roots in agriculture, including a large-scale egg-laying operation. Other endorsements include the National Rifle Association, 59 Florida Sheriffs, and Attorney General Ashley Moody. 

Other Republicans in the Commissioner of Agriculture race include James Shaw, Richard Earl Olle Jr., and Chuck Nadd. 

The Governor also announced Monday he endorsed Republican Jimmy Patronis in his reelection campaign for Chief Financial Officer.

“I am supporting Jimmy Patronis for reelection as CFO due to his strong stance on fiscal and economic issues,” DeSantis said. 

The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) also endorsed Patronis, saying that he is a “constant advocate for Florida job creation.” The AIF noted a prime accomplishment of Patronis during his time as CFO – fighting to reopen businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patronis has received endorsements from Former President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives Speaker Chris Sprowls, and other lawmakers. 

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