Press Release: Forward Florida Endorses 21 Candidates in State Legislative Races

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2019
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Miami, Fla. — Today, Andrew Gillum and Forward Florida endorsed 21 state legislative candidates in districts across Florida. These endorsements include a dozen elected officials and candidates in battleground districts Democrats must hold or win in 2020 to make gains in both chambers.


  • Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez (Senate District 37)
  • Rep. Javier Fernandez (running for Senate District 39)
  • Rep. Geraldine Thompson (House District 44)
  • Rep. Anna Eskamani (House District 47)
  • Rep. Fentrice Driskell (House District 63)
  • Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson (House District 84)
  • Rep. Cindy Polo (House District 103)
  • Kayser Enneking (running for House District 21)
  • Patrick Henry (running for House District 26)
  • Jim Bonifiglio (running for House District 89)
  • Linda Thompson Gonzalez (running for House District 93)
  • Francesca Cesti-Browne (running for House District 115)
  • Rep. Loranne Ausely (running for Senate District 3)
  • Rep. Shevrin Jones (running for Senate District 35)
  • Rep. Kamia Brown (House District 45)
  • Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (House District 49)
  • Rep. Diane Hart (House District 61)
  • Rep. Wengay Newton (House District 70)
  • Rep. Dotie Joseph (House District 108)
  • Senator Randolph Bracy (Senate District 11)
  • Senator Perry Thurston (Senate District 33)

“I am proud to endorse the values and visions of these remarkable public servants who are all working to move Florida forward,” said Andrew Gillum. “This first round of endorsements represents our commitment to building a lasting progressive movement in Florida — and turning that movement into real victories up and down the ballot. So much of what affects everyday Floridians’ lives happens at the state level, so it is vital that we are working to flip Florida Blue on every level of the ticket.” 

Forward Florida and Gillum’s engagement in the state legislature has been profiled in the Miami Herald and Politico.

Every Forward Florida endorsed candidate receives a campaign contribution and other campaign support. Forward Florida has also made contributions to Senate Victory and House Victory. This is the first round of endorsements from Forward Florida; more will follow in the coming months. 

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