EMILY’s List endorses Marucci Guzmán in closely watched HD 35 race
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The national Democratic group weighed in as Democrats seek to flip a district blue.

One of the nation’s largest pro-choice political groups endorsed Marucci Guzmán in a state House Special Election.

EMILY’s List, a group dedicated to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights, endorsed Guzmán’s candidacy for House District 35. The support comes at a time when Democrats expect access to abortion to drive election turnout.

“As Florida Republicans work overtime to restrict our freedoms and take away our rights, it is more important than ever to elect dedicated, Democratic pro-choice champions like Marucci Guzmán,” said EMILY’s List President Laphonza Butler.

Gov. Ron DeSantis this year signed a law prohibiting abortions six weeks into pregnancy.

Guzmán is one of three Democrats vying for the open HD 35 seat. She faces two male candidates in the Primary, attorney Rishi Bagga and businessman Tom Keen.

All three support abortion rights, but EMILY’s List also praised Guzmán’s leadership within the community. She serves as the Executive Director for Latino Leadership and she created the Puerto Rico Family Response Center.

“She has spent her career delivering results for her community, and we know she is ready to go to work for Floridians and fight to ensure that every resident of the Sunshine State has the resources and support they need,” Butler said. “EMILY’s List is proud to endorse Guzmán today, and we look forward to seeing Florida’s 35th House District thrive under her leadership.”

Notably, the EMILY’s List endorsement comes on the heels of Ruth’s List, a Florida-based organization with a similar mission, also announcing support for Guzmán.

Democrats see the HD 35 race as an opportunity to flip a Republican district. The seat opened up after former state Rep. Fred Hawkins, a St. Cloud Republican, resigned to take a job as President of South Florida State College.

Hawkins won election in the newly drawn district in November, besting Bagga by 10 percentage points. But just two years prior, the majority of voters in the district supported Democrat Joe Biden for President over Republican Donald Trump.

Three Republicans are also vying for the seat. Primaries are scheduled for Nov. 7, with winners advancing to a Jan. 16 Special Election.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Earl Pitts "Friend Of The Lefty's" American

    September 21, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Good Mornting America,
    Well she is cute so anybody voting using the “lets pick the cutest puppy from the litter method” will be on board. Totally.
    America, often I, Earl Pitts American, wish my “Lefty Besties” were able to pay more attention to my political advisement and less to traditional Dook For Brains leftist party positions on such former flash point issues as abortion.
    Can you actually believe in this day and age that any more than 8.33% of American’s even think about abortion as being a political issue any longer? Well, America, its no longer top of mind as Dook 4 Brains Party leadership want us to believe. Honestly America, once “The Supreem’s” gave abortion back to the states everyone dropped the subject.
    In closing:
    I am reaching out to all my Besty Lefty’s to please pay more attention to my, Earl Pitts American’s political wisdom, and less to tired old worn out media and poor advice from your “Boomer Party Elite” as they are all giving tired old school advice that was relevant way back when Clinton was still soiling blue dresses in the oval office.
    Earl Pitts ” Your Besty” American

    • Mac Wiseman

      September 21, 2023 at 9:19 am

      I’ve oft times had the same thought in regards to the boomers at the top of leftist media and leftist political orginazations. I postulated in a faculty paper that the Biden Administration would be the last leftist in office due to the party itself dying out due to their refusal to let their boomer idols and leadership go.
      The closing regarding the blue dress really brought back those mid 1990s glory days when every nerd world wide fantisized about getting and giving a lewinskiee. Everyone was a little perverse back then.
      Thanks for the memories friend. Mack

  • World Wide Nerd

    September 21, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Monica aged far better than old Ronald McDonald. Maybe Ronnie has been receiving his donor’s protein cream in some other orifice instead of on his blue dress?

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