College Football Hall of Fame member and America First Republican Lou Holtz has endorsed Republican Vennia Francois in House District 45.
Holtz, a Lake Nona resident of Orlando, is a former football coach in the NCAA and NFL and a commentator on CBS and ESPN. He also has been active in Republican politics for decades. He is chairman of America First Policy Institute’s Center for 1776.
Francois is a commercial transactions lawyer and former staffer to Sens. George LeMieux and Mel Martinez, Rep. John Mica, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
She’s in a high-stakes battle for HD 45, a district covering the Walt Disney World region of southwestern Orange County and northwestern Osceola County.
“I’m so excited that someone of Vennia Francois’s caliber is running for state Representative,” Holtz said in a news release issued by Francois’ campaign. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she believes in the power of the American Dream and is committed to governing by the constitutional principles that made this nation great.”
“I could not be more honored to have earned the endorsement and support of Coach Holtz,” Francois said in the news release. “He is a living legend who loves America and believes in American exceptionalism. His work at AFPI’s Center for 1776 ‘aims to promulgate American values in our education institutions.’ I welcome their work.”
HD 45 includes Walt Disney World, Windermere, part of Winter Garden, Champions Gate, Reunion, and part of the Four Corners area. In the last two General Elections, the precincts that now make up HD 45 voted Democrat, though by narrow margins.
Allie Braswell is the only Democrat filed there thus far.