We rapidly approach the end of an election cycle that promises to create consequential shifts in the statewide political landscape. It’s of course uncertain at this point who will occupy the Governor’s mansion or whether there will be closer parity in the State Senate or a new balance of any significance in the State House. One thing certain for Florida’s film community, however, is the importance of successful campaigns by legislators of both parties who understand our industry and are willing to advocate for its return.
On the Republican side, we can anticipate the return of several key supporters. Soon-to-become Senator Joe Gruters, Senator Travis Hutson, and Representatives Holly Raschein, Chris Latvala, and Julio Gonzalez come to mind. This video from Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, who is favored in the polls to ascend to the District 93 House seat, introduces a new potential champion of our issues.
We are pleased to see this evolution, hopeful that in the 2019 legislature there will be more dialogue in both chambers on the importance of film to Florida and an increasing willingness by House and Senate leadership to work together and craft a course of action that will rebuild Florida motion picture production. The final votes will be counted soon; then the real work can begin again.