Progressive Democrats Caucus endorses Chuck O’Neal in SD 11 race


The Progressive Democrats Caucus has endorsed environmental activist Chuck O’Neal in the Orlando-based Senate District 11 race.

O’Neal is an Apopka entrepreneur with a longtime history of work on issues ranging from protection of Florida springs and aquifers, to bear habitat, to directing the efforts of the League of Women Voters of Florida in passing 2014’s Amendment 1 — Florida’s water and land legacy amendment.

He is in a four-way Aug. 30 Democratic primary with state Rep. Randolph Bracy, former state Sen. Gary Siplin, and former state Rep. Bob Sindler, who also is a former Orange County commissioner.

“Thank you for stepping up to run for Florida Senate District 11 and for representing our progressive values. We recognize it takes commitment and teamwork to drive a progressive agenda and look forward to working with you to make that a reality,” the caucus stated in a news release issued by O’Neal’s campaign.

Scott Powers

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