ORLANDO, FL – Samuel Vilchez Santiago has earned the endorsement of the largest newspaper in Central Florida, the Orlando Sentinel, in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Florida’s House District 48. Since 1876, the publication has served as the Orlando area’s premier newspaper, distributing tens of thousands of copies daily and reporting on stories affecting the Central Florida community.
The Sentinel’s editorial board noted in their endorsement that Vilchez Santiago “gets the plight of people who don’t have much because he’s been there.” They continued, “we think Vilchez Santiago, at just 23 years old, would serve as an effective advocate in a Legislature that has been happy to overlook workers who don’t have the means or the political support to make themselves heard.”
In response, Vilchez Santiago noted, “I am honored to have the endorsement of the Sentinel. I will always seek to make my district proud and do right by the community that gave me so much opportunity. To me, that means giving back and seeking bold, new solutions to the problems facing working class families and those who are otherwise forgotten or left behind in House District 48. I look forward to doing just that if sent to Tallahassee!”
In addition to this endorsement, Vilchez Santiago has been supported by the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (OCCTA), the Florida Professional Firefighters (FPF), the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) DC 78, the Orlando Regional Realtors Association (ORRA), and the Florida Realtors PAC. This is in addition to endorsements from State Representatives Anna Eskamani (D-47) and Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-49), School Board Member Johanna López and Soil and Water Supervisor and President of the Democratic Black Caucus, Dawn Curtis.