Maxwell Frost continues to add union endorsements in CD 10

Maxwell Alejandro Frost
AFL-CIO, AFSCME, teachers, nurses unions are endorsing Frost.

Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost continues to round up labor backing for his run in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, announcing endorsements from the AFL-CIO and several other unions.

Frost’s latest list also includes endorsements from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, National Nurses United, Florida Education Association and the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association.

Frost, of Orlando, is in a crowded Democratic Primary Election battle with a state Senator, two former members of Congress, a teacher, a preacher and four other candidates, but is sweeping labor support so far. Earlier, he pulled endorsements from the Service Employees International Union and Communication Workers of America.

Several of the unions including the AFL-CIO are amalgamates of many other unions, representing workers ranging from bus drivers to bricklayers, and from airline pilots to postal workers.

Eric Clinton, president of the Central Florida Labor Council, said members of all 35 unions represented by that group will actively campaign for Frost.

“Maxwell stands with us when our workers picket, he’s volunteered at our citizenship clinics, helped strategize with Starbucks workers here who were trying to organize their store, protested with our teachers when they were being denied the pay raise they deserved, and has made his commitment to bettering the lives of working people a key fixture of his campaign,” Clinton said in a news release issued by Frost’s campaign.

The new CD 10 covers much of northern Orange County. The seat is open because incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings is running for Senate.

Others in the Aug. 23 Democratic Primary: former U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Alan Grayson, state Sen. Randolph Bracy, Jack Achenbach, financial executive Jeff Boone, the Rev. Terence Gray, civil rights lawyer Natalie Jackson, businessman Khalid Muneer and teacher Teresa Tachon.

“One of my top priorities in Congress is to raise wages, improve working conditions, protect worker’s rights, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make the lives of working people and their families better,” Frost said in the release. “Strong labor unions are essential for a fair economy that works for everyone and it will be my mission to help strengthen them and help make sure more people have the ability to be a part of one.”

There are several Republicans running as well, including Thuy Lowe, Willie Montague and Calvin Wimbish.

But the new CD 10 should present a pretty solid Democratic lean, based on the past couple of General Elections.

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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