Wilton Simpson Endorsements Keep Coming as Republicans Aim to Take Back Agriculture Commissioner Seat

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

May 20, 2022 Updated 12:45 PM ET

Wilton Simpson for Agriculture Commissioner
Wilton Simpson for Agriculture Commissioner

May 20, 2022  Updated 12:45 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Endorsements for Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson continue to stream in this week as Republicans aim to take back Florida’s agriculture commissioner seat. 

Florida Family Action President John Stemberger announced Friday the group endorsed Simpson. 

“When it comes to protecting our food, agriculture and natural resources there is no one candidate more qualified than Wilton Simpson. He has direct life experiences in agriculture, is a proven conservative policy leader and therefore has our full endorsement,” Stemberger said. 

On Thursday, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist announced he endorsed Simpson to be the next commissioner. 

“As a leader in the Florida legislature, Senate President Wilton Simpson has staunchly defended taxpayers, and the state’s leading business climate. With his guidance, Florida has become a more attractive place to live, raise a family, work, and run a business,” Norquist said in a statement.

Democrat Nikki Fried is the current Commissioner of Agriculture in Florida and is vying for the Governor’s seat. 

The Florida Department of Agriculture issues concealed weapon licenses for all Floridians. Fried, a Democrat, faced criticism by the NRA in June of 2020 for being “anti-gun” over her refusal to allow an online portal to apply for concealed weapons. 

Simpson has received previous endorsements from Former President Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis, the NRA and 59 Florida Sheriffs. 

Simpson will face three other Republicans in the August 23, 2022 primary including James Shaw, Richard Earl Olle Jr., and Chuck Nadd.

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