BusinessForce Endorses Two Orange Co. Constitutional Candidates

DeAguilera and Diamond earn support from political action group

ORLANDO, FL (August 3, 2016) — BusinessForce announced support for Ed DeAguilera (R) for Orange County Property Appraiser and Phil Diamond (D) for Orange County Comptroller seeking election this fall.

Ed DeAguilera (R) for Orange County Property Appraiser

DeAguilera, who was born and raised in Central Florida, earned BusinessForce’s endorsement because of his deep understanding of community needs and hardworking families. He has proven to be a champion for the business community, in particular, through the promotion of job growth and by holding the line on excessive taxation.

“Ed DeAguilera will bring fiscal integrity to this office, provide greater transparency and serve the tax payers of Orange County with honesty and fairness,” said Craig Swygert, BusinessForce Chair and Central Florida Market President at Clear Channel Outdoor.

The Orange County Comptroller position opened with the announced retirement of Martha Haynie. BusinessForce endorsed Diamond, a tax attorney, CPA and former Orlando City Commissioner, as someone who will protect tax dollars.

Phil Diamond (D) for Orange County Comptroller

“Phil Diamond has consistently fought against wasteful government spending and saving taxpayer dollars,” Swygert said. “His extensive background and unparalleled skills make him the most prepared to become Orange County’s next Fiscally Conservative Watchdog.”

BusinessForce endorsed DeAguilera and Diamond as its “clear-cut choices” to serve Central Florida communities.

“We are confident that these constitutional candidate endorsements will send a strong signal that both candidates deserve the support of the entire business community as they seek election this fall,” said Shannon Gravitte, Chair of the BusinessForce County Committee. “We look forward to their successes in both the August primary election and the November general election.”

For more information on Ed DeAguilera’s campaign, please visit

For more information on Phil Diamond’s campaign, please visit

BusinessForce is the political action arm of the Central Florida Partnership and its goal is to affect positive change in Central Florida through regional public policy advocacy and by encouraging and supporting candidates for public office who, as public officials, will embrace free enterprise and sound, responsible business practices in government.