WHAT THEY ARE SAYING… PART 2

Florida Leaders Applaud Governor Scott’s Appointment of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “I am thrilled Governor Rick Scott selected Carlos Lopez-Cantera to serve as Lieutenant Governor. Just like Governor Scott, Lopez-Cantera is dedicated to the people of Florida, and together they will lead the state with strength and integrity.”

Tom Feeney, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida, said, “Governor Scott has made job creation and growing Florida’s economy his number one priority by transforming Florida into one of the best states in the nation for business. We are excited that Governor Scott has chosen Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his Lieutenant Governor because, as a business owner, he knows exactly what it takes to help Florida’s business succeed and fuel the economy.”

Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, said, “Our experience with former Representative Lopez-Cantera is that he always put families, children, small businesses and job creation ahead of powerful special interests groups. His support for improving Florida’s business climate through improvements to our state’s education system and by supporting lawsuit abuse reform has helped position Florida as a leader in job creation and economic growth.”

Christopher L. Holley, Executive Director of the Florida Association of Counties, said, “We congratulate Governor Scott on his appointment of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Lieutenant Governor. Carlos understands the needs of Florida’s counties and their role in a healthy economy. We look forward to working with him to preserve home rule and keep taxes low while maintaining important services and a high quality of life for Floridians.”

P.C. Wu, President of the Florida League of Cities, Councilmember, City of Pensacola, said, “I am confident that Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s experiences in Miami-Dade as a legislator and property appraiser will transcend location and enable him to be a Lieutenant Governor who is committed to helping cities thrive. We appreciate Governor Scott picking a Lieutenant Governor who we can work with to improve the lives of all Floridians.”

John M. Sebree, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Florida Realtors, said, “On behalf of the Florida Realtors, we are thrilled that Governor Scott has chosen Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the next Lieutenant Governor of Florida. As a Property Appraiser and an active member of Miami’s real estate market for the past 15 years, Carlos has a unique understanding of the needs of Florida families. We look forward to working with Carlos as Florida’s real estate market continues to improve.”

Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, said, “We could not be more delighted to learn that Governor Scott has chosen a Lieutenant Governor with strong ties to Florida businesses and Florida families. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s history will bring a fresh perspective to the Lieutenant Governor’s office. We are confident he will be a strong addition to the Scott administration and we look forward to working with him.”

Mike Murtha, President of the Florida Concrete & Products Association, said, “Governor Scott shares our goal of creating the best possible economic and regulatory environment for Florida companies to succeed and we are excited with his selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Lieutenant Governor. Carlos understands the complexities of maintaining healthy communities and viable businesses and it is refreshing to know that we will all benefit from his brand of experience and leadership.”

Bill Herrle, NFIB/FL Executive Director, said, “We would like to congratulate Carlos Lopez-Cantera on being chosen as Florida’s next Lieutenant Governor. He held a 100 percent voting record on NFIB’s small business priorities while serving in the Legislature, and we look forward to working with him again to help Florida’s small businesses grow and create more jobs for Florida families. We applaud Governor Scott for his selection.”

Patrick La Pine, President/CEO of the Florida Credit Union Association, an affiliate of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates, said, “Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Governor Scott are going to make a great team in finding more ways to help Floridians. Carlos has served his constituents well in previous leadership positions. I look forward to seeing what ideas he brings to the table in the coming months and look forward to working together.”

Rick McAllister, President and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, said, “The Florida Retail Federation welcomes Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the new Lieutenant Governor of Florida, and appreciates Governor Scott’s strong focus on improving the state economy so retailers can succeed. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has served Florida with distinction, and he has consistently promoted policies that create jobs and support the success of small business. We congratulate Carlos Lopez-Cantera on this great honor and look forward to working with him in the future.”

Doug Wheeler, President of the Florida Ports Council, said, “Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Governor Scott will be a great team in finding more ways to help Floridians. Carlos demonstrated his recognition of the value of investing in infrastructure during his time in the legislature and will be a great asset to the Governor on future legislative efforts. We look forward to working with Governor Scott and Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera to continue investing in critical seaport and freight projects that will expand Florida’s economy and create jobs for Floridians across the state.”

Alex Sanchez, President of the Florida Bankers Association, said, “As we approach the 2014 legislative session, I look forward to working with Governor Scott and Lieutenant Governor Cantera as we focus on economic development, providing our children with a great education, and keeping Florida the best state in the country to call home.”

Bob Burleson, President, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, said, “The Florida Transportation Builders’ Association is proud to support Governor Scott’s selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Florida’s Lieutenant Governor. He brings with him excellent perspective on transportation and we look forward to working with him to continue to build Florida’s economy.”

Bruce Rueben, Florida Hospital Association President, said, “The Florida Hospital Association commends Governor Scott’s selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera for Lieutenant Governor of Florida. We look forward to working with the Lieutenant Governor to ensure all Floridians have access to safe, effective and affordable health care.”

Jim Cordero, Director of Governmental Affairs for Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida, said, “Carlos Lopez-Cantera has a record of successfully representing the interests of South Florida residents as a member of the Florida House of Representatives and as Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, and will diligently represent our whole state alongside Governor Scott as our new Lieutenant Governor. Carlos is a capable businessman and will continue to work diligently keeping in mind the needs of all Floridians.”

Douglas Buck, Governmental Affairs Director of the Florida Home Builders Association, said, “I applaud Governor Scott’s choice of Carlos Lopez-Cantera for Lieutenant Governor of Florida. His knowledge of property and business and his experience in the Legislature will allow him to serve Governor Scott and the people of Florida well in his new role.”

President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope said, “With a goal to diversify Florida’s economy and create better-paying jobs for Florida families, Enterprise Florida welcomes Carlos Lopez-Cantera to his new role as the Lieutenant Governor. We look forward to the support he will provide Governor Scott in facilitating job growth across the state and commend the Governor for this selection.”

President/CEO of Workforce Florida Inc., Chris Hart said, “On behalf of the Workforce Florida Board of Directors, we are excited by the appointment of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Lieutenant Governor. We look forward to working with him in supporting Governor Scott’s priorities of helping Floridians enter, remain and advance in their careers and strengthening Florida’s families.”

Workforce Florida Board Chairman Dwayne Ingram said, “Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s demonstrated leadership and knowledge of our state’s priorities make him an ideal choice for Florida’s Lieutenant Governor. The team of Scott and Lopez-Cantera will be a force multiplier in our collective efforts to ensure Florida’s place as the No. 1 state for businesses, and families, to thrive.”

Jesse Panuccio, Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director, said, “We at the Department of Economic Opportunity look forward to working with Carlos Lopez-Cantera in supporting Governor Rick Scott and his goals of providing more jobs for Florida families. With Carlos’ experience in small business and support for good tax policy, he will help the administration continue to promote economic opportunities for all Floridians through successful workforce, community, and economic development strategies.”

Ken Lawson, Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said, “Governor Rick Scott’s appointment of Carlos Lopez-Cantera is an excellent decision. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation greatly anticipates working with Carlos as much as we have worked with Governor Rick Scott to help improve the business environment. He has personal experience with operating a business and we look forward to the insights he has to offer.”

 

 

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