Joe Negron “tells it like it is” in new campaign ad

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State Sen. Joe Negron released a new digital ad on Tuesday for his re-election campaign, which focuses on his tax cut record as a “conservative who tells it like it is.”

Featured in the in the 30-second spot were some of the Stuart Republican’s achievements during the 2014 legislative session, such as his support for cutting personal taxes by $500 million, part of Gov. Rick Scott’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.” He also helped push for three sales-tax holidays, including the popular back-to-school tax holiday on supplies, electronics and clothing.

“Families deserve a break,” Negron says. He also touts his efforts in “making government more open and officials more accountable.”

“And when I was asked to put the interests of illegal immigrants over veterans, I said no,” he adds, referring to his “nay” vote on HB 851, which authorized in-state tuition for certain undocumented immigrants.

Negron, who serves as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, faces Republican Brandon Cannon, Democrat Bruno Moore and write-in candidate Matthew Loew for the Senate District 32 seat, which covers Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.

Negron recently received his fourth Champions for Business Award from the Associated Industries of Florida, mostly due to his sponsorship of SB 156, which rolls back vehicle registration fees to pre-September 2009 levels. The bill, signed by Scott in May, gives every family or business that owns a vehicle an average reduction in fees of $25, saving Florida taxpayers as much as $395 million annually.

The ad, titled “Main Street” is available on

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