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Lakeland, FL – Business Voice of Greater Lakeland, Inc. met to interview candidates for Florida State Senate and Florida State House on July 6, 2022, and Polk County School Board on July 7, 2022.   Following discussion and debate, the committee voted to endorse the following candidates:

Florida Senate District 12: Colleen Burton

Florida Senate District 27: Ben Albritton

Florida House District 50: Jennifer Canady

Florida House, District 51: Josie Tomkow

Polk County School Board, District 3: Sarah Fortney

Polk County School Board, District 5: Kay Fields

Polk County School Board, District 6: Justin Sharpless

Polk County School Board, District 7: Lisa Miller 

“We were fortunate to have such an impressive slate of candidates who are running for office in the Greater Lakeland area to be able to interview”, stated BusinessVoice Chairman Josh Borem (Borem Fire Protection).  “Ultimately our slate of endorsements went to those whom we felt would best fight for the business interests that are the lifeblood of our economy.”

All candidates for state and local offices were invited to complete a questionnaire and attend in-person interviews. Returned questionnaires are posted online for all voters to review at

BusinessVoice, Inc. was created in 2000 as an organization to support pro-business political candidates and to promote issues that impact the business community. BusinessVoice, Inc. serves as an endorsement board for those individuals who personify the objectives of the business community.

To learn more about BusinessVoice visit their website at www.

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