Ricardo Rangel gets Viviana Janer’s endorsement in HD 43

Ricardo Rangel

Democrat Ricardo Rangel has received the endorsement of Osceola County Chairwoman Viviana Janer in his quest for the Aug. 30 Democratic primary nomination to run in Kissimmee-based House District 43.

Rangel, a former state representative for that district, lost the 2014 primary to the current incumbent, state Rep. John Cortes. The two are locked in a rematch, along with a third Democrat, Sara Shaw. All are from Kissimmee. There are no Republicans running, but there is a write-in candidate, Gilbert Soule, so there will be a general election in November.

Janer granted her endorsement Monday, noting on Independence Day that Rangel is a U.S. Army veteran.

“Floridians need a strong voice in Tallahassee. We need a representative like Ricardo. He’ll stand up for working families, fight to raise wages, protect our public schools, and invest in our children’s future,” Janer said. “He’ll work with community leaders and elected officials like myself to improve the lives of all residents of Osceola County.”

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