The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance has endorsed Republican Greg Steube, who is running to represent many of its members in the Florida House of Representatives.
"Being born and raised in Manatee County, he is extremely knowledgeable of the district and more importantly the issues that we are facing in these difficult economic times," said Marc Simms, chairman of the alliance, in a news release issued by Steube. "He has proven himself with his leadership in the United States military and with his community involvement. We are confident that he can make a difference starting on day one.
Steube, the son of Manatee Sheriff, is running against three other Republicans - Jeremiah J. Guccione, Robert McCann and Marie Nisco - for the GOP nomination for District 67 seat, which covers Lakewood Ranch and East Manatee, as well as parts of Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. Also running is Democrat Z.J. Hafeez. Incumbent Rep. Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton, is not running for re-election because of term limits.
The GOP primary is Aug. 24, and the general election is Nov. 2.
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is an organization of more than 400 members that advocates for businesses in the Lakewood Ranch community.
Steube, who has captured a lion's share of the endorsements and campaign contributions so far in the District 67 race, welcomed the support from the business alliance.
"It is truly an honor to receive an endorsement from an organization that is so active in the business community here in Lakewood Ranch," Steube said in a statement.