May 9, 2016
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BusinessForce Announces Early Endorsements and Support to

Re-Elect Two Orange County Commissioners

Clarke and Edwards receive the endorsement of BusinessForce


ORLANDO, FL (May 9, 2016) – Following a comprehensive and deliberative candidate selection process, BusinessForce, has announced endorsements for two Orange County Commissioners seeking re-election this fall.  Commissioner Pete Clarke and Commissioner Ted Edwards both received early support and the endorsement from BusinessForce, the political action arm of the Central Florida Partnership.


“As Commissioner, Pete Clarke has fought to make the needs of small businesses a priority, enhance the quality of life, and get government out of the way for Orange County’s job-creators and hard working families,” said Craig Swygert, BusinessForce Chair and President of the Orlando Division of Clear Channel Outdoor.  “Pete will continue to ensure transparency and accessibility on the Commission, while improving Orange County’s infrastructure and encouraging transit oriented development along the South Orange Avenue Corridor.”


“In addition, Ted Edwards will continue to encourage economic diversification in Orange County that will attract higher paying jobs, prepare our workforce for an emerging high-tech economy, offer logical solutions to improve our transportation and traffic issues, and collaborate to provide affordable housing options,” continued Swygert. “Ted understands the importance of the tourism industry to this community and he will cut burdensome regulations to ensure that government services are more streamlined and efficiently delivered.”


“We are confident that both Pete and Ted are the clear choices when it comes to providing a strong voice, experience, and leadership on the Orange County Commission and advocating for Central Florida businesses,” said Shannon Gravitte, Chair of the BusinessForce County Commission.  “These endorsements send a strong signal that both Commissioners deserve the support of the entire business community as they seek to serve our county for another term.”


For more information on Pete Clarke’s campaign, please visit



For more information on Ted Edward’s campaign, please visit

BusinessForce is the political action arm of the Central Florida Partnership and its goal is to affect positive change in Central Florida through regional public policy advocacy and by encouraging and supporting candidates for public office who, as public officials, will embrace free enterprise and sound, responsible business practices in government.








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