Kissimmee State Representative John Cortes was part of a group of lawmakers that on Thursday formally endorsed former Congresswoman Gwen Graham in the Florida Governor’s race.
“Gwen’s momentum in Central Florida is growing as fast as our region’s population.” said Cortes “From fighting for our environment to working in public education, Gwen Graham has dedicated her life to the issues we care most about. I look forward to working with her as our next governor.”
Cortes is the second Osceola County endorsement Graham has earned this week. On Monday, State Senator Victor Torres also endorsed her campaign.
Other lawmakers in the group included Former House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford, Sunrise Representative Katie Edwards, Former Jacksonville Mayor and City Councilman Tommy Hazouri and Duval Soil and Water Chair Shannon Blankinship.
“This isn’t just about the next election. After almost twenty years of Republican rule, we are out of time. Our future and our very way of life are at stake,” said Graham “I’m proud to have the support of these elected officials. Together, we will renew our promise to public schools, protect our environment and build an economy that works for everyone.”
Other candidates in the Democratic primary include Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando Businessman Chris King. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is running on the Republican side.