Nicolette Springer’s Orlando run draws flurry of endorsements

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Victor Torres, Anna Eskamani, Carlos Smith back Springer in Orlando election.

Orlando City Council candidate Nicolette Springer announced more endorsements Tuesday from Democratic Sen. Victor Torres and Reps. Anna V. Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith.

Springer is challenging incumbent Orlando City Commissioner Robert Stuart in Orlando’s District 3, as is Samuel Chambers.

Springer announced the trio of lawmakers’ endorsement on the heels of Monday’s endorsement from Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park.

Springer also announced the backings of Orange County Property Appraiser Amy Mercado and Orange County Commissioner Nicole Wilson.

“Nicolette Springer is a fighter for Florida families who never leaves anyone behind. She’s a problem solver; she listens to all of our constituents and strives to find common ground,” Eskamani said in a news release issued Tuesday by Springer’s campaign.

“I know this because I’ve seen her in action — as an advocate for issues like public safety, equality, and education, and as a mom raising her family in Orlando. I have no doubt that Nicolette will be an incredible City Commissioner for the people of Orlando, and I am proud to support her,” Eskamani said.

Murphy announced her support for Springer on Monday. Previously, Springer has announced endorsements from former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin, former Florida lieutenant governor nominee Chris King, former Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie, and Asima Azam, Stuart’s opponent in the 2017 election.

Springer also has announced endorsements from the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, Ruth’s List, the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Rainbow Democrats.

Stuart is seeking a fifth term representing District 3, which covers much of the north side of Orlando. The office and the Nov. 2 election are nonpartisan.

“Anna has raised the bar for expectations of elected officials in Orlando. Her leadership has paved the way for new voices and forward-thinking ideas. I have spoken to thousands of residents since the beginning of my campaign and their message is clear: They want more leaders who listen and take action, like Anna,” Springer said in the release. “I’m the only candidate in the race that can deliver that focus and energy to District 3 on day one. I’ll lead with policy expertise and data-driven solutions by listening first and finding solutions that meet the needs of the community. ”

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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