Rebekah Bydlak has picked up another endorsement in her campaign for the District 1 Florida House seat, and this time it’s that of Florida’s largest business group.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Bydlak on Monday.

“Rebekah Bydlak is a candidate who is focused on serving the public and will ensure that free-enterprise principles and long-term solutions are put ahead of short term political fixes,” said Marian Johnson, the chamber’s Senior Vice President of Political Strategy. “The Florida Chamber is proud to endorse Rebekah Bydlak to serve in the Florida House.”

In a statement, the chamber said it was endorsing Bydlak for her “pro-jobs commitment and support of continuing to move Florida in the right direction.”

“As the daughter of a small business owner and as a nonprofit executive, I’m honored to receive the endorsement from the Florida Chamber of Commerce,” said Bydlak. “Few organizations have done as much to defend job creators in my home state, and I look forward to fighting for free enterprise, economic growth, and job creation in the legislature.”

A Republican, Bydlak is running to succeed Rep. Clay Ingram, who has served since 2010 and is term-limited. District 1 includes most of unincorporated Escambia County, including virtually all of the county north of Interstate 10, as well as communities like Ensley, Beulah, and Bellview.

Bydlak faces former State Rep. Mike Hill in the August 28 Republican primary. Hill previously represented District 2 from 2013 to 2016 before unsuccessfully challenging Doug Broxson for a seat in the Florida Senate. Bydlak holds a 3-to-1 fundraising advantage over Hill, having raised more than $119,000 to Hill’s $37,000.

The winner of the primary will go on to face one of two Democratic candidates for the seat in November.


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