Orlando, FL — Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has been endorsed by MoveOn, a national progressive public policy advocacy group with 2,760 members in Orange County School Board District 2, and Organize Florida, a statewide organization that works to promote social, racial, and economic justice across the state of Florida.
The MoveOn endorsement comes after MoveOn members in Orange County School Board District 2 were polled twice – a full online ballot that included all candidates running for this seat followed by an endorsement confirmation vote. An email announcement to MoveOn District 2 members reads, “MoveOn members in Orange County, Florida have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Johanna López for Orange County School Board District 2!”
Organize Florida also announced its local endorsements on Thursday afternoon. The online announcement reads, “We trust our kids with Teacher of the Year Johanna López, so let’s trust her as our school board member now. Johanna seeks to empower all OCPS students, teachers, and parents by proposing an inclusive agenda that will bring about fairness, empowerment, and safety to our school system.”
López stated, “Our people-powered, youth-oriented campaign is honored to receive the endorsements from MoveOn and Organize Florida. As a teacher, single mother, and community advocate, I am running to ensure that every teacher, staff member, student, and family, despite their background, has a voice on the Orange County School Board.”
She continued, “For too long, too many District 2 residents have been ignored by the status quo. That’s why MoveOn and Organize Florida members understand the need to elect transformational leaders who will stand up for our communities by leading the path to forward-thinking change. I am proud to stand with MoveOn, Organize Florida and their members!”
López has also been endorsed by Sen. Victor Torres, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Rep. Amy Mercado, the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, the Central Florida AFL-CIO, SEIU Florida, Vamos4PR Action, the Network for Public Education Action, the Florida National Organization for Women PAC, and Women for Justice.