Orange County teachers’ union endorses Rick Roach in SD 13 race

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The Orange County Classroom Teachers Association has thrown its support behind former Orange County School Board member Rick Roach in his drive to be elected to the Florida Senate in Orlando-based Senate District 13.

Roach’s campaign announced the support as his first major union endorsement. The teachers’ union also endorsed him when he ran for the school board.

Roach faces two former state representatives in a Democratic primary fight for the seat, Mike Clelland and Linda Stewart.

“Rick Roach has been a champion for teachers, students and public education for the last two decades that I have had the honor of being his friend and working with him,” Wendy Doromal, president of the teachers’ union, stated in a news release issued by Roach’s campaign. “For 16 years as a school board member, Rick was teachers’ and Orange CTA’s trusted ally.”

She then went on to cite his positions opposing high-stakes testing long before others.

“So many good things happen to our Florida citizens, especially our children, when we get education right,” Roach stated.

Scott Powers

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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


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