Representative Matt Caldwell continues to outraise the field and build momentum in his bid for Commissioner of Agriculture. In January, Caldwell’s campaign and Political Committee raised a combined $106,100. After tallying another strong month of fundraising, the campaign and Political Committee has raised more than $1.71 million in his bid for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and has over $1.11 million cash-on-hand.
Caldwell is running against Senator Denise Grimsley and former Representative Baxter Troutman in the Republican Primary. Senator Denise Grimsley, on the other hand, didn’t break the six-figure mark with her fundraising this month. In January, Grimsley’s campaign and Political Committee raised a combined $86,440 and has $909,459.75 cash-on-hand. Troutman also missed the six-figure threshold and, in January, his campaign and Political Committee raised a combined $79,500.
Brian Swensen, spokesperson for Caldwell’s campaign said, “Matt continues to demonstrate he is the hardest working candidate in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture. As he continues to build momentum, he has outraised his opponents month-to-month, has traveled more than 46,000 miles across the State since May, and has continued to prove he is the principled conservative in the race.”
The Commissioner of Agriculture serves as a member of the Florida Cabinet and is critical to the foundation of Florida’s economy. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services helps the agricultural industry with its daily challenges, promotes Florida’s agricultural commodities, manages state forests, safeguards consumers, implements the school lunch program, and oversees the concealed-weapon license system.
The campaign has announced the endorsements of: Republican House members from the Panhandle, Northeast Florida, Tampa Bay Region, Central Florida, Southwest Florida, and South Florida delegations. This is in addition to endorsements from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, former candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture Paul Paulson, and numerous county constitutional officers; including the statewide association Presidents of the Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, and Clerks for all 67 counties.
The campaign continues to travel across the Sunshine State as a part of Caldwell’s statewide #2LaneTravels Work Days Tour that highlights and showcases industries overseen as Commissioner of Agriculture. WATCH: Highlights from our #2LaneTravels Work Days, including oysters, timber, cattle, and more!