MIAMI, Fla. (FNN) – Florida Rising announced the endorsement of 66 candidates across the state ahead of the 2022 primaries and midterms.
Florida Rising endorsements were first announced by Politico July 7. The list included many candidates that don’t have primaries, but Florida Rising is also throwing its support behind some Democrats that do: Rep. Frederica Wilson, State Sen. Shevrin Jones and State Reps. Daryl Campbell, Marie Woodson, Angie Nixon, Travaris McCurdy, and Daisy Morales, as well as State Rep. Tracie Davis in the primary for State Senate District 5, State Rep. Kamia Brown for State Senate District 15 and Ashley Gantt, who is challenging incumbent State Rep. James Bush.
In past years, Florida Rising’s legacy organizations had been influential in state and national level races and initiatives, including the push for Amendment 4 and bringing the Governor and Senate races to recounts and a margin of less than a percent in 2018. In 2020, the organizations were part of efforts that knocked on 1.3 million doors and activated a large-scale virtual organizing program that made 18.1 million phone calls and sent 6.3 million texts, resulting in conversations with 1.24 million voters that helped turn out over 300,000 first-time voters and catalyze historic voter mobilization. Florida Rising’s endorsed candidates won in 95 out of 132 races.
This year, Florida Rising prioritized the issues foremost on Floridians’ minds: housing, jobs, criminal systems reform, reproductive rights, and a plan to take action on the climate emergency that make up the pillars of the Justice on Every Block campaign.
Among the list of 66 candidates across 12 counties that Florida Rising is endorsing are the first out LGBTQ+ Latinas if elected, Eunice Ortiz and Janelle Perez, and those who spoke out against the Don’t Say Gay bill pushed by Governor Ron DeSantis in the last legislative session such as Sen. Shevrin Jones, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, and Rep. Tracie Davis of Jacksonville. It includes long-time Haitian community organizer in South Florida, Marleine Bastien, as well as members of Florida Rising running for office such as Guerdy Remy in Seminole County.
Andrea Cristina Mercado, Executive Director of Florida Rising, explains the need to get out the vote and elect these progressive champions:
“We are proud to endorse candidates who are committed to putting Floridians first. The cost of rent is too high and the state’s GOP is doing nothing about it. The threat of climate chaos is too real and the state’s GOP is creating roadblocks to clean energy. The state we live in is beautiful and diverse and Florida’s GOP is banning Black history, LGBTQ+ rights, and access to abortion and a self-determined future.”
“It’s time for Floridians to be represented by elected officials that care about people instead of corporate interests,” Florida Rising declared on its website. “Now it’s the time to step up and elect folks up and down the ballot, from municipal to federal level. The stakes have never been higher. Reproductive rights, climate justice, housing justice, and the expansion of democracy are all on the ballot and dozens of Floridians are running to ensure these issues get addressed, and Florida Rising is proud to endorse them.“