Sean Shaw, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Attorney General, is backing Lindsay Cross in her run for Florida House District 68.
Shaw, who previously held office as a state Representative, credited his endorsement of Cross to her commitment to people-centered policy.
“Now more than ever, working people need a dedicated leader who will bring common-sense solutions to Tallahassee,” Shaw said in a statement. “Lindsay Cross isn’t afraid to take on entrenched special interests to do what’s right for Florida. That’s why I’m proud to endorse her and will do everything I can to support her campaign.”
Cross, an environmental scientist, jumped into the HD 68 race to replace incumbent Ben Diamond in June. Diamond is vacating the seat to pursue Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
“On issues like environmental protection, creating affordable housing, and helping people and local businesses navigate the pandemic, Florida has failed because entrenched interests are dictating the terms to Tallahassee,” Cross said in a statement. “Sean knows that we need to root out the greed and corruption that has controlled the state’s agenda. I’m honored to have his support and look forward to continuing the fight for working people.”
Cross challenged Sen. Jeff Brandes in the 2018 race for Senate District 24, losing by about eight points on Election Day. Her odds are better in 2022, assuming HD 68 remains Democratic-leaning after reapportionment.
Currently, she is the only candidate seeking the seat. As of Aug. 31, she raised $71,537 for her campaign and had $58,165 on hand.
HD 68, which covers part of Pinellas County, has a nearly 7,000 voter registration advantage, with 46,096 Democrats to 39,207 Republicans. But with redistricting ahead of the 2022 election, that could change if the Republican majority in the Legislature redraw boundaries to boost its advantage.