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Sink rolls out endorsements from small businesses



    It's the week for Pinellas Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly to roll out their endorsements from the small business community.

   Sink held an event Friday morning announcing the names of 40 small business owners who support her. The event was at St. Petersburg's popular El Cap restaurant, where owner Mary Jean Bonfili said she believes Sink is attuned to the needs of small businesses like hers. R. Gary Renfrow, president of the Alden Suites on St. Pete Beach, and Eric Greene of Long Term Care Advisors also apeared art the event to endorse Sink. Greene said he first met Sink through volunteer work with the United Way in Hillsborough County, which made him feel her concern for the community is genuine. "She walks the walk and talks the talk," Greene said.

   Jolly, meanwhile, won endorsements this week from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, which both said Jolly is better for the business community.

Rob Engstrom, national political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber chose to endorse Jolly because he is fiscally conservative and opposes Obamacare—and because Sink did not return the Chamber’s questionnaire

   Libertarian Lucas Overby is running for the congressional seat as well, and said among other things he favors changing federal contracting rules in ways that would open bidding to smaller businesses in Pinellas, not just the large corporations.

   Sink, Jolly and Overby are candidates in Congressional District 13, for a March 11 special election. 

[Last modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 12:34pm]


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