Since capturing the Republican nomination, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services candidate Matt Caldwell has amassed a war chest of over $1 million in contributions in the three short weeks since the Primary Election.
On Friday, Caldwell’s campaign had raised $309,143, while Friends of Matt Caldwell, a political committee supporting his bid, brought in $724,500. Since announcing his candidacy, Caldwell’s fundraising haul to totals $3,551,796 in his bid for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.
“I am proud to have earned the trust of Florida voters who have helped us raise over one million dollars in the three short weeks since the primary. It is proof that Floridians are placing their trust in me,” Rep. Caldwell said. “Workers, farmers, consumers, and business owners all over the state have generously taken their hard-earned dollars and donated to show support for my candidacy. Since day one, I have clocked nearly 100,000 miles in all corners of the state to campaign on principles and my proven track record. This enthusiastic show of support statewide only reaffirms my conviction that Floridians want proven, principled leadership in the Department. I aim to give it to them.”
An eight-year veteran of the Florida Legislature, Rep. Caldwell has led, funded, sponsored, and co-sponsored policy on issues as diverse as water, state natural resources, environmental restoration, growing jobs, cutting taxes, assisting veterans, instituting criminal justice reform, and promoting Florida agriculture workers and goods.
“The Commissioner’s role is often misunderstood, even by people running for this very office,” said Caldwell. “This race is not about a single issue. Floridians have more diverse needs that we must meet: growing jobs, protecting our state’s precious resources, promoting Florida businesses, and shielding consumers from fraud. It is important that Florida’s next Commissioner come prepared with a profound understanding of these complex issues.”
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.
More information about Matt Caldwell and his proven track record can be found on his campaign website.