Darren Soto picks up U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries' endorsement in CD 9 - Florida Politics

Darren Soto picks up U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ endorsement in CD 9

State Sen. Darren Soto has picked up another congressional endorsement for his quest to be elected in Florida’s 9th Congressional District, this time from Democratic U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.

“I’m endorsing Darren Soto for Congress because I believe he will continue to fight for justice as he has in the Florida Legislature. Darren stepped up for DREAMers and fought for in-state tuition. He also made it possible for them to be admitted to the bar,” Jeffries stated in a news release issued Thursday by Soto’s campaign. “When there’s an injustice, Darren doesn’t talk about it. He does something about it.”

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Soto faces Dena Grayson, Susannah Randolph and Valleri Crabtree in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary for CD 9. The Republican primary features Wayne Liebnitzky and Wanda Rentas.

The district serves Osceola County, south-central Orange County and eastern Polk County. The incumbent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, is running for the U.S. Senate rather than for re-election.

“Congressman Jeffries is a social justice leader. I am very proud to have earned his endorsement, and hope to serve with him in Congress where we can work together on civil rights legislation,” Soto stated in the release.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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