Linda Sanchez and Darren Soto to caravana Kissimmee in CD 9 – Florida Politics

Linda Sanchez and Darren Soto to caravana Kissimmee in CD 9

California Democratic U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez will be campaigning with state Rep. Darren Soto in a caravana event in Kissimmee Sunday for his bid to win Tuesday’s primary in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.

Sanchez, who represents part of Los Angeles, currently serves as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is running for vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

She will be with Soto as they parade throughout the Buena Ventura Lakes region, the heart of Kissimmee’s Puerto Rican community. The caravana, a popular political event in Puerto Rico, will focus on get-out-the-vote efforts.

Soto’s in a tough battle for the Democratic nomination with Dena Grayson, Susannah Randolph and Valleri Crabtree. The winner would face the Republican primary winner, either Wayne Liebnitzky or Wanda Rentas.

“It is time for a Hispanic member of Congress from Central Florida. Minority voters need to make their voices heard this August by electing Darren Soto for Congress,” Sanchez stated in a news release issued by Soto’s campaign. “Once elected, Soto will be the first Puerto Rican member of Congress from Florida. That’s historic!”

The caravana will begin at the Lugo Ranch at 3 p.m., and end around 5 p.m. at the Robert Guevara Community Center.

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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
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