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Upcoming AIFPC Event

AIFPC Candidate Interviews

Candidate Interviews, held each election year, provide our PC members with the opportunity to meet the many new faces running for office around the state and begin their working relationship with those being elected to office. Along with face-to-face meetings with the candidates, the AIF political staff provides key analyses and data designed to educate members on the nuances of each candidate and district.

As a members of the AIF Political Council you would be entitled to attend our Candidate Interviews.

This year, AIFPC members will receive an in-depth briefing of the candidates’ districts, campaign finance, and political performance, as well as recent poll data in select races to provide a fuller understanding of the situation in those districts. Our briefing book will be complete with candidate bios along with our own intelligence data that we will gather, independent of the candidate.

Our format will focus on the actual interview with the candidate, rather than the questionnaire. While we will still send a questionnaire to the candidates with a few broad business issue questions, it will be used primarily to gather information for biographical purposes. 

Additionally, attendees will be afforded an opportunity to interact with the candidates.

Detailed information on the dates and locations are below. If you have any questions about AIFPC membership and the interviews, please contact Ryan Tyson, AIF VP of Political Operations, at rtyson@aif.com or by phone at (850) 224-7173.

2018 AIFPC Candidate Interview Dates and Locations:

  • May 16 – 17 in Miami (Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay)

  • June 6 – 7 in Orlando (Rosen Shingle Creek)

  • June 13 – 14 in Tampa (AC Hotel Tampa Airport)

  • June 28 – 29 in Tallahassee (AIF Headquarters)


Mission Statement:
Created in 1994, the mission of the Political Council is to provide information and access for its membership on election news and information, candidates, and the overall political environment in Florida. It is not an entity used to engage in endorsements, electioneering communication or polling/focus groups.

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Political Council member benefits include:

  • Statewide Political Briefing: Initial projections on every level of the ballot are provided. We review where the Electoral College left off in 2012, and highlight the national challenges that lie ahead for the GOP nominee in 2016. Focusing in on the top 10 swing states from 2012, we take a closer look at the expectations at ground zero when the presidential campaigns begin in earnest next summer. We also detail the changes that have occurred in Florida’s electorate in the last 10 years, and give initial forecasts for Florida’s congressional, state senate and state house delegations.

  • Outline of Races booklet:  After each financial reporting period, our members are provided with an Outline of Races booklet that summarizes each candidate throughout the state by district and provides pertinent details such as personal and professional information, history of political involvement, use of consultants, and fundraising totals. 

  • Candidate Evaluation Process: The candidate evaluation process includes our “Candidate Profile and Questionnaire” that is sent to all candidates that file to run for the Florida Legislature and contains pertinent questions about business issues derived by AIF councils and members of the Political Council.  Candidate interviews allow our members the opportunity to meet the many new faces running for office around the state and to begin their working relationship with those being elected to office.

  • Email Communications: Email communications include frequent updates on current political news and campaign updates, rapid delivery of hot political happenings as they occur, and election results and analysis.

  • Exclusive Political Council Events: These periodic events, such as Candidate Meet & Greet Luncheons or Election Day events, address current “hot topics” designed to keep members up to date on political issues and provide another opportunity to meet candidates face to face.

Coordinating Business for Florida's Political Future

Participation in both AIFPAC and the AIF Political Council are separate from membership in AIF.
For more information about AIF's political operations and to experience the benefits of being a Political Council member,
please contact Ryan Tyson, Vice President - Political Operations, at (850) 224-7173 or email him at rtyson@aif.com.