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Palm Beach unions endorse Tina Polsky for HD 81

Tina Polsky is pulling in support from several local and statewide unions in her race for House District 81.

The Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO, the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA), the Florida Education Association (FEA) and the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) are all backing Polsky in her Democratic primary with Mindy Koch.

“We are pleased to endorse Tina because she has shown us that she cares about access to high-paying jobs and health care,” said Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO President Pat Emmert.

“Tina will also make sure that unions have a permanent seat at the bargaining table in order to ensure safe working conditions and equitable pay.”

Palm Beach County PBA President John Kaznajian also spoke out on the group’s decision to endorse Polsky.

“The PBA is proud to endorse Tina because we are confident that she’ll fight tooth and nail to protect and preserve the Florida Retirement System, ensuring that members of law enforcement are able to enjoy a modest retirement after a lifetime of service to their communities.”

This is the latest flurry of endorsements for Polsky. She’s also earned support from Reps. Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings. That’s in addition to the endorsement of state Rep. Joe Abruzzo, who she’s running to replace.

“Because she has demonstrated support for traditional public education and every student’s right to learn in a safe and secure environment, we are delighted to support Tina’s campaign for State House District 81,” said Palm Beach County CTA President Justin Katz.

“We know that she will also advocate for fair pay for our teachers and less emphasis on high-stakes testing.”

Polsky released a statement thanking the groups for their endorsements.

“I am truly humbled and honored by the confidence these unions and their members have placed in me. I will continue to work hard to merit and maintain their trust when I get the chance to represent their concerns in Tallahassee starting next year.”

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to

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