ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Daisy Morales campaign announced today that both Florida House Democratic Caucus co-leaders, Representatives Bobby DuBose (D-District 94, Fort Lauderdale) and Evan Jenne (D-District 99, Dania Beach), have endorsed Puerto Rican State Representative nominee Daisy Morales for Florida House District 48 ahead of the November 3rd general election.
Democratic Co-Leader Bobby DuBose’s statement:
“Daisy Morales is a dynamic combination of generosity and advocacy. She doesn’t hesitate to find out what’s needed and get things done,” Representative and Co-Leader Bobby DuBose expressed in a written statement. “She’s deeply entrenched in the community as a thirty-year Orange County resident and has been an environmental champion for the past six years as an elected Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor. I look forward to working with her on improving our education system, making healthcare and housing more affordable, and creating a better future for Floridians. That’s why I’m endorsing her for Florida House District 48.”
Democratic Co-Leader Evan Jenne’s statement:
Representative and Co-Leader Evan Jenne said in a written statement: “I’m proud to endorse Democratic nominee Daisy Morales for Florida House District 48 because of her tireless advocacy. She’s no stranger to Tallahassee, having traveled there several times to push for aid for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, fight for affordable housing, and be a voice for Florida’s agriculture industry, Florida’s second largest industry. Her leadership and her passion for people are exactly what’s needed in Tallahassee.”
State Representative Democratic Nominee Daisy Morales’s statement:
“I’m honored to receive the endorsements, ideas, and activism from the top Florida House Democratic leaders in my campaign to replace Representative Amy Mercado (D-District 48, Orlando) who is running for Orange County Property Appraiser,” said Morales, who is currently serving as an elected Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor. “Co-Leaders Jenne and DuBose have been fighting for causes near and dear to me and to District 48: education, public safety, and growing the economy. I’ve been in dialogue with them and other lawmakers several times at the State Capitol while advocating for the people. District 48 is vast and I’m ready to work alongside them in Tallahassee to make significant strides in every community.”
State House District 48 covers part of Orange County, with a heavy-Hispanic population, and a large Puerto Rican community. Democrats have a 30 percent advantage over Republicans in registered voters. The district is considered a safe Democratic Puerto Rican-held seat since 2012.
Supervisor Morales, an active Democrat considered to be the underdog of the race, ended up winning the primary with 40 percent of the vote. Samuel Vilchez Santiago, the youngest and highly favored candidate in the race with a whopping 21 endorsements behind him and over $52,000 in campaign funding, trailed by 10 percentage points at 30 percent. The race was much closer between the final three: Julio Rocha was third with 10.64 percent (1,305 votes), Nelson Pena was fourth with 10.18 percent (1,248 votes) and Tony Tsonis came in last with 9.32 percent (1,143 votes).
Morales’s opponent had a money war chest, major endorsements, PACs, progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Orlando Sentinel’s endorsement, and endorsement by the incumbent State Representative Amy Mercado. It appears none of that mattered to District 48 voters.
During the primary election, Representatives John Cortes (D-District 43, Kissimmee) and Bruce Antone (D-District 46, Orlando) also endorsed her for Florida House District 48.
Morales will face Republican candidate Jesus Martinez in the November 3rd general election.