Endorsements

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to the Florida Democratic Party. We are a statewide organization, with local chapters around the state, from Tallahassee to Fort Lauderdale – and most major metropolitan areas in between. Our strength lies in the size of our organization and the ability of our local chapters and their individual members to stand up for equal rights, support candidates who support our community, and lobby for legislation and policies that recognize and strengthen our community.

View All Caucus Endorsements Below

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is chartered by the Florida Democratic Party and many of our members currently serve on Democratic Executive Committees across the state.

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus endorses in all levels of government in Florida, from school board to governor. If you are a candidate who wishes to apply for an endorsement from the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus please submit one of the following candidate questionnaires:

Applications should be submitted after the filing date no later than 45 days before the date of the first election. Under extraordinary circumstances, the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus may agree to waive the deadline.

If you have questions, please contact campaign@floridalgbtademocrats.org.


General Election Endorsements

Federal
US Senate – Senator Bill Nelson
Congress District 1 – Dr Jennifer Zimmerman
Congress District 3 – Yvonne Hayes Hinson
Congress District 4 – George “Ges” Selmont
Congress District 5 – Congressman Al Lawson
Congress District 6 – Nancy Soderberg
Congress District 7 – Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy
Congress District 8 – Sanjay Patel
Congress District 9 – Congressman Darren Soto
Congress District 10 – Congresswoman Val Demings
Congress District 12 – Chris Hunter
Congress District 13 – Congressman Charlie Crist
Congress District 15 – Kristen Carlson
Congress District 16 – David Shapiro
Congress District 18 – Lauren Baer
Congress District 19 – David Holden
Congress District 20 – Congressman Alcee Hastings
Congress District 22 – Congressman Ted Deutsch
Congress District 23 – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Congress District 26 – Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Congress District 27 – Donna Shalala

State
Governor – Andrew Gillum
Attorney General – Sean Shaw
Chief Financial Officer – Jeremy Ring
Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services – Nicole “Nikki” Fried
State Senate 8 – Kayser Enneking
State Senate 16 – Amanda Murphy
State Senate 18 – Janet Cruz
State Senate 20 – Kathy Lewis
State Senate 22 – Bob Doyel
State Senate 24 – Lindsay Cross
State Senate 26 – Catherine Price
State Senate 34 – Senator Gary Farmer
State House 4 – Rebecca Koelzer
State House 21 – Jason Haesler
State House 28 – Lee Mangold
State House 37 – Tammy Garcia
State House 42 – Barbara Cady
State House 47 – Anna Eskamani
State House 49 – State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith
State House 55 – Audrey Asciutto
State House 59 – Adam Hattersley
State House 60 – Debra Bellanti
State House 61 – Dianne Hart
State House 63 – Fentrice Driskell
State House 66 – Alex Heeren
State House 65 – Sally Laufer
State House 66 – Alex Hereen
State House 69 – Jennifer Webb
State House 71 – Tracy Pratt
State House 72 – Margaret Good
State House 76 – David Bogner
State House 78 – Parisima Taeb
State House 89 – James Bonfiglio
State House 93 – Emma Collum
State House 97 – State Representative Jared Moskowitz
State House 98 – Michael Gottleib
State House 103 – Cindy Polo
State House 105 – Javier Estevez
State House 106 – Sara McFadden
State House 115 – Dr Jeffrey Solomon
State House 118 – State Representative Robert Ascencio

Amendments:

The Caucus Supports:
Amendment 3: Requires voter approval of casino gambling
Amendment 4: Restores voting right for felons who have served their time
Amendment 9: Bans offshore oil and gas drilling and vaping in enclosed indoor workplaces
Amendment 13: Prohibits betting on dog races

The Caucus Opposes:
Amendment 1: Grants an additional $25,000 homestead exemption for homes worth $125,000 or more
Amendment 2: Makes permanent what currently is a temporary cap of 10 percent on annual property value increases for vacation homes, apartments and commercial property, effectively limiting increases on tax bills. (2nd homes and commercial) property assessment increases permanent
Amendment 5: Requires 2/3 vote of legislature to impose or increase tax or fee instead of a simple majority
Amendment 6: Adds a Marsy’s Law (victims’ rights) to state constitution, increases judicial retirement age; prohibits judges from deferring to administrative agencies to interpret law
Amendment 7: Requires death benefits for first responders and military members, a supermajority vote for college fees, and adds state college system structure to constitution
Amendment 11: Repeals some obsolete language; repeals a provision saying that changes to a criminal statute are not retroactive

The Caucus Takes No Position On:
Amendment 10: Prohibits counties from abolishing certain local offices, changes start date of legislative sessions, and adds an executive office and executive department to constitution
Amendment 12: Prohibits public officials from lobbying for compensation while in office and 6 years thereafter.

Local
Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County:
– School Board:  Rob Hyatt & Tina Certain

Dolphin Democrats (Broward County)
– County Commission: Lamar Fisher, District 4
– School Board: Jim Silvernale, District 1
– Coral Springs City Commission: Diane Gonzalez Simpson, Seat 2
– Dania Beach City Commission: Lauren Odman
– Hallandale City Commission: Steven Michael Carlo, Seat 1
– Hallandale City Commission: Sabrina Javellina, Seat 2
– Hollywood City Commission: Caryl Sandler Shuham, District 1
– Lauderdale Lakes City Commission: Paul Francisco Martin, Seat 1
– Lauderdale Lakes City Commission: Karlene Maxwell-Williams, Seat 2
– Margate City Commission: Renata Castro, Seat 3
– Margate City Commission: Joanne Simone, Seat 5
– North Lauderdale City Commission: John “Jack” Brady, Mayor At Large
– North Lauderdale City Commission: Gerald Jerry Graziose, District B
– Oakland Park City Commission: Mitch Rosenwald
– Oakland Park City Commission: Robert B Thompson
– Plantation City Council: Aron Davis, Mayor
– Plantation City Council: Denise Horland, City Council Group 2
– Plantation City Council: Nick Sortal, City Council Group 5
– Pompano Beach City Commission: Michael “Mike” Sobel, Mayor
– Pompano Beach City Commission: John Geer, District 1
– Pompano Beach City Commissioner: Barry Moss, District 5
– Tamarac City Commission: Gerald Heller, Mayor at Large
– Tamarac City Commission: Mike Gelin, District 2
– Tamarac City Commission: Doug Maesk, District 4
– Wilton Manors Mayor: Justin Flippen
– Wilton Manors Commission: Paul Rolli

Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus:
– County Commission:  Angela Birdsong, District 2
– County Commission:  Andrew Davis, District 4
– County Commission:  Mariella Smith, District 5
– County Commission:  Kimberly Overman, District 7
– School Board:  Bill Person, District 1

Lee County LGBTQA Democratic Caucus:
– School Board:  Debbie Jordan, Seat 4
– Fort Myers City Council:  Christopher Pierce, Seat 4

Capital Equality (Leon County)
– Tallahassee City Commission:  Jeremy Matlow, Seat 3
– Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor:  Brian Leon, District 4

Osceola County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
– County Commission:  Cheryl Grieb, Seat 4
– County Commission:  Viviana Janer, Seat 2

Pasco LGBTA Democratic Caucus:
– County Commission:  Kelly Smith, District 2
– County Commission:  Brandi Geoit, District 4

Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County:
– County Commission:  Amy Kedron, District 6
– School Board:  Jeff Larsen, District 2
– School Board:  Nicole Carr, District 3
– School Board:  Matt Stewart, District 6
– Dunedin City Commission:  Jeff Gow, Seat 4

Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Polk County:
– County Commission:  Karen Cooper Welzel, District 4
– School Board:  Sarah Fortney, District 3

*We do not provide judicial recommendations as it is illegal for a partisan agency to do so*

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