Carolina Amesty lands Richard Corcoran endorsement in HD 45

Carolina Amesty
The nod is valued in race where Republicans want close association with Ron DeSantis.

In the brawling Republican Primary Election campaign for House District 45, Carolina Amesty has landed the endorsement of former Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.

Corcoran’s endorsement comes in a Republican battle in which Amesty, Vennia Francois, Janet Frevola, Bruno Portigliatti and Mike Zhao all strive to be most associated with the parental-rights and school choice platforms of Gov. Ron DeSantis, implemented in large part by Corcoran.

The contest is heating up lately with hundreds of thousands of dollars of mailers, TV commercials and other ads flooding the district in southwestern Orange County and northwestern Osceola County, essentially The Walt Disney World area.

Amesty’s family founded and runs, with her, a Christian university and school in Orlando.

DeSantis himself has made no endorsements in the race, but most of the candidates are creating ways to appear to stand closely with the Governor.

Corcoran, a former House Speaker who served as DeSantis’ Education Commissioner for three years, forwards that tactic for Amesty in his statement.

“Carolina Amesty has been a hands-on leader in our schools, overseeing both K-12 and post-secondary education,” Corcoran said in a news release issued by Amesty’s campaign.

“She is a passionate supporter of school choice and stood with Gov. DeSantis in his effort to protect parental rights in the classroom. It is my pleasure to endorse Carolina as the right choice and best conservative candidate for state representative in House District 45.”

HD 45 covers southwestern Orange County including Walt Disney World, and northwestern Osceola County. Results for recent General Elections suggest it may have a slight Democratic lean.

Allie Braswell, a diversity consultant, former Marine and former president of the Central Florida Urban League from Winter Garden, has wrapped up the Democratic nomination and awaits the Republican Primary winner.

Scott Powers

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