Connect with us


Carlos Lopez-Cantera rolls out nods from 9 Central Florida Republicans

Like his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate race, Carlos Lopez-Cantera will be appearing this weekend at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit, but unlike his opponents, he’ll have a a number of Orlando-area lawmakers by his side supporting him.

The lieutenant governor announced endorsements from nine Central Florida Republicans on Wednesday. They are:

  • Jason Brodeur of Sanford;
  • Bob Cortes of Altamonte Springs;
  • Tom Goodson of Titusville;
  • Mike LaRosa of St. Cloud;
  • Marlene O’Toole of The Villages;
  • Scott Plakon of Longwood;
  • Rene Plasencia of Orlando;
  • David Santiago of Deltona; and
  • Ritch Workman of Melbourne.

“I am humbled by the support of such effective leaders with deep ties to their communities, and I am excited to continue to work with them to bring Florida’s values and proven approach to Washington,” said Lopez-Cantera in a prepared statement. “Together, we have created over 900,000 jobs by putting money back in the hands of the taxpayer. It is time for Washington to do the same and I look forward to making sure it’s getting done as the next U.S. Senator from Florida.”

Lopez-Canters announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination for Senate in July. He’s running against two members of Congress, Ron DeSantis and David Jolly, and Orlando area businessman and military veteran Todd Wilcox, who has no public service experience.

Lopez-Cantera has been pushing a hard anti-Washington stance in his campaign, attempting to distance himself from “Washington Republicans” such as Jolly and DeSantis.

Written By

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

Hugh Culverhouse calls for boycott of University of Alabama


State lawmakers object, district apologizes, after Orlando valedictorian blocked from giving speech on immigrants


Greyhound racing supporters ready lawsuit to ‘overturn’ Amendment 13


FPL second-fastest growing solar provider nationwide


Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jim Rosica, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Dan McAuliffe, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson.
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.