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For Immediate Release
June 30, 2010

Florida Medical Association Announces Endorsement of Greg Evers

Baker, Fla. – The political arm of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) today announced its endorsement of Republican Candidate Greg Evers for Florida Senate District 2, which consists of Holmes and Washington, and parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties.  The seat is currently held by Senator Durrell Peaden, Jr., MD, who has served-out his term in the office.

“Greg Evers has the full support and endorsement of the Florida Medical Association in his campaign for State Senate District 2,” said President-Elect and PAC President Madelyn Butler, MD. “Florida physicians are confident that Greg will be a strong voice for the people of Northwest Florida and will fight to ensure that local physicians have the ability to deliver a high standard of care to their patients without fear of unnecessary and unwanted government interference.”  

“Greg has been my patient for many years now, and I have always been impressed by his strong support of the medical community,” said C. David Smith, MD, of Jay, Fla.  “I am happy to support Greg’s campaign, and I look forward to him serving the people of Northwest Florida in the Senate, where I am certain he will represent the rights of our local doctors who play an integral part in the health and welfare of our community.”  

“Doctors in Northwest Florida depend on strong leaders in the Florida Legislature and Greg Evers has a proven track record of being an unwavering advocate for the medical community and our patients,” said Neal Dunn, MD, of Panama City, Fla.  “Greg will bring experience and the ability to start working on Day One with his fellow lawmakers in the Florida Legislature to pass laws that will benefit doctors and their patients, and I fully support his campaign for Florida Senate.”

“I am humbled the FMA has endorsed my campaign for Senate District 2, and I thank Doctors C. David Smith and Neal Dunn for their kind words,” said Evers.  “As a State Senator, I will stand up for the rights of medical professionals and their patients, assure we pass sound legislation that provides increased access to quality care, and work to keep government out of the private medical lives of our district’s citizens.” 

“In the past, I have voted for the Florida Health Care Act that allowed Florida to sue the federal government for passing the Congressional health care bill and co-sponsored the Health Care Freedom Act that would make it illegal for the federal government to make people buy health care, and if elected, I will continue to support similar measures,” said Evers.   

The Florida Medical Association is a professional association dedicated to the service and assistance of doctors of medicine and osteopathic medicine in Florida. The FMA represents more than 20,000 physicians on issues of legislation and regulatory affairs, medical economics and education, public health, and ethical and legal issues. The association advocates for physicians and their patients to promote the public health, to ensure the highest standards of medical practice, and to enhance the quality and availability of health care in the Sunshine State.

Evers has had the privilege of serving the residents of Florida House District 1, which includes northern portions of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties, in the Florida House of Representatives since 2001. A fifth-generation, panhandle farmer and small businessman, Evers puts his real-world experience to good use in the Florida Legislature and is proud of his accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s critical agriculture industry, economic development, job creation, and preserving and protecting Northwest Florida values, including acting as a champion of our Second Amendment rights and protections. He has sponsored and passed NRA priority legislation, protecting the right of law-abiding citizens to have legal firearms secured in the automobiles in public parking lots and protecting against raids of Florida’s Concealed Carry Permit Trust Fund.  He has also sponsored legislation, protecting Floridians from unnecessary federal government intrusion into health care freedoms and choices, designating “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the State of Florida, enabling Florida farmers to transport their farm equipment from field to field without the burden of additional government permits or fees, enabling the reopening of the Jay Oil Field to restore numerous Northwest Florida jobs, and extending the dates between parole hearings for violent criminal offenders to protect victims and taxpayer resources. Evers has never been prouder of any legislation he has sponsored than he is of House Bill 31, which will protect the First Amendment religious speech rights of teachers and students across Florida from future infringements, such as those suffered at the hands of the ACLU in Santa Rosa County.

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