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Florida MoveOn Members Endorse Andrew Gillum, Progressive Candidates Ahead of Midterm Elections

MoveOn members in Florida endorse Andrew Gillum for Governor, Joshua Simmons for Coral Springs City Commission, Sean Shaw for Attorney General, Anna Eskamani in HD-47, Johanna López for Orange County School Board, and Rep. Carlos Guillermo in HD-49


FLORIDA — Today, MoveOn Political Action is announcing a wave of endorsements made by its members in Florida ahead of November’s midterm elections.


Each of the candidates is currently fighting for progressive values like making health care more affordable and ensuring equal opportunities in their communities. Specifically, MoveOn members in their respective districts have voted to endorse:


Andrew Gillum (Governor): Andrew Gillum is running for governor to rebuild Florida into a state that works for everyone. He knows all Floridians deserve good-paying jobs so they can support their families. He wants to protect and expand Floridians’ access to quality, affordable health care, especially for people with pre-existing conditions. He knows we need to strengthen our public schools and end the culture of high-stakes testing. As governor, Andrew Gillum will fight against the special interests that are standing in the way of taking real action on climate change, and he will always ensure Florida is a welcoming and safe place for everyone, no matter where they come from, who they love or how they identify.


Joshua Simmons (Coral Springs City Commission): Joshua Simmons is a Broward County school teacher and Coral Springs volunteer where he serves on several city committees, including the Customer Involved Government Committee, Multicultural Advisory Committee, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. Simmons moved to Coral Springs in 2011 to help raise his sister while his single mother served in the United States Navy. He worked as a mental health therapist before taking a position as a Broward County Public School Teacher at Pompano Beach Middle School, followed by his current position at Coral Springs High. Simmons is running for City Commission to focus on moving Coral Springs a new way forward and is focused on listening and responding to the needs of the residents, updating infrastructure, supporting senior programs, improving city relationships with small businesses, and supporting local schools and campus safety. If elected in November, Simmons would be the first Black person elected to office in Coral Springs.


Sean Shaw (Attorney General): Sean Shaw is currently a state representative in the Florida legislature, representing HD-61. Prior to elected office, Shaw served as the state’s consumer advocate under Alex Sink. He has promised that, if elected in November, the attorney general’s office will be an activist office that will file or join lawsuits aimed at properly funding public education and environmental land purchases, preserving health care, and upholding the passage of medicinally legal, smokable marijuana. Shaw’s top priorities will be ensuring that every single Floridian, from the largest corporation to the most common of criminal, knows that they will be treated equally under the law; holding the pharmaceutical industry accountable for their role in Florida's ongoing opioid epidemic; pushing for the adoption of common sense gun safety reforms; and enforcing the law to the fullest extent for those found violating our current firearms regulations.


Anna Eskamani (H-47): Anna Eskamani is running for Florida’s 47th state house district. An Orlando native, Anna has a long history of fighting for all Floridians. She believes that health care is a right, not a privilege, and she will be a fierce advocate for expanding affordable access to health care for everyone, especially women.


Johanna López (Orange County School Board): Johanna López was born and educated in Puerto Rico, receiving her undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico and earning her M.A. in Higher Education from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. She relocated to Orlando in 1998, where she volunteered and served as a substitute teacher at Colonial High School before being hired as a full-time Spanish teacher. If elected to the school board, Johanna will continue to focus her priorities on students and teachers by addressing the education inequities that exist within the school system; providing support for teachers and staff that includes fair wages, improved working conditions, and additional professional growth opportunities; and ensuring that students are learning in an environment that is safe and free of bullying, violence, discrimination, and guns.


Carlos Guillermo Smith (HD-49): Rep. Smith made history in 2016 when he became the first openly LGBT Latino lawmaker in Florida. Once in the Florida House of Representatives, he co-founded and was elected chairman of the Legislative Progressive Caucus. As a lawmaker, Rep. Smith has been a champion for civil rights, cannabis reform, and gun safety. He currently works for Equality Florida, Florida’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization


MoveOn Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members by helping to elect progressive candidates. For more information, or for interviews with MoveOn, please contact Anna Zuccaro at press@moveon.org.


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