U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Debbie Wasserman Schultz are endorsing West Park Vice Mayor Brian C. Johnson as he competes for the Democratic nomination in House District 101.
“District 101 is a part of my congressional district, and it deserves someone who will fight tooth-and-nail for them in Tallahassee,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“I know Vice Mayor Johnson to be a no-task-too-small, no-goal-too-big public servant, and I know that once he is elected, he will be a fierce advocate for our constituents.”
Wasserman Schultz represents Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, while Hastings serves Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Both districts partially overlap with HD 101, which covers parts of Broward County including West Park, Pembroke Park, and Hallandale Beach.
“I have had the immense privilege of watching Vice Mayor Brian Johnson over the years grow into the leader that he is today,” Hastings added.
“Brian has shown that he has the courage to stand up for what he believes in and has never hesitated to be a voice to those who need one most. I believe that the people of Florida’s House District 101 will have a champion in Tallahassee when they elect him to the State Legislature.”
Johnson is competing against Pembroke Park Mayor Ashira Mohammed and former Miami-Dade County Public Administrator Marie Woodson for the Democratic nomination.
Vinny Parlatore has also filed to run as a Republican in the left-leaning district.
Earlier this week, Johnson secured endorsements from multiple Pembroke Pines officials including Mayor Frank Ortis, Vice Mayor Iris Siple and Commissioner Tom Good.
Johnson has raised the most money in the contest so far, adding nearly $91,000 in outside money and another $2,500 in personal loans. Woodson is closest, collecting nearly $82,000 in outside contributions on top of $5,000 in self loans.
Woodson does have the cash-on-hand lead, with more than $69,000 available. Johnson has just under $44,000 going forward.
The HD 101 primary will take place on Aug. 18.