The former governor is confident Mallea’s conservative values
and leadership skills make him the right leader for District 116.
The Jose Mallea Campaign today announced the endorsement of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Mallea, a Republican, is seeking the District 116 seat in the Florida House, which is vacant following the resignation of Jose Felix Diaz, who is running for the Florida Senate. Bush served as Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.
“There is no question Jose Mallea is the right leader for District 116,” said Governor Bush. “Jose has an inspiring personal story of working hard to achieve success in both business and public service, and now wants to ensure that same American dream is attainable for everyone, not just a select few. I know that Jose will effectively put his conservative principles and leadership skills to work in Tallahassee for the community he loves and for our great state.”
Mallea, a Cuban-American, grew up in Miami, where he attended public schools. He was a Senior Advisor in Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign, and he served in the White House as Special Assistant to Andrew Card, former President George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff. Later, he was a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of State Office of Commercial and Business Affairs. He is the Founder and President of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company.
The special primary election for the District 116 seat will be Tuesday, July 25, with the general election following on Tuesday, September 26.