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Progressive Caucus co-endorses both Democrats in HD 72 race

The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF) is giving its imprimatur to both Democrats in the Sarasota-area House District 72 seat being vacated by Republican Alex Miller.

Businesswoman Ruta Jouniari and attorney Margaret Good are competing in the Democratic primary scheduled for Dec.

According to the Progressive Caucus, its endorsement “certifies” that both candidates have pledged support to progressive values of equality, justice, and fairness, which includes supporting a $15 minimum wage and that public schools are equitable and well-funded (After the story was originally reported, a spokesperson for Good told Florida Politics that she has not committed to raising the minimum wage to $15).

“The Democratic voters of House District 72 are lucky to have a choice between two progressives in the Special Election Primary,” said DPCF President Susan Smith. “Both have demonstrated a commitment to their communities and a desire to serve the citizens of House District 72.”

Good has the backing of much of Florida’s Democratic establishment, including current House Minority Leader Janet Cruz and her successor, Miami Rep. Kionne McGhee.

Republicans James Buchanan and Alexandra Coe and Libertarian Alison Foxall round out the field.

The general election is Feb. 13.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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