The Special Election for Florida House District 35 Focuses on Working Floridians | Opportunity For All Floridians

The Special Election for Florida House District 35 Focuses on Working Floridians

Special Election Alert

There is a Special Election in Florida State House District 35 (parts of Orange and Osceola Counties) on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Election Day is: Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.

On Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling location. Check your precinct polling information below.

For assistance in Orange County, call the Orange County Supervisor of Elections at 407-836-2070.

For assistance in Osceola County, call the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections at 407-742-6000.

Candidate Information:

Key Endorsements:

In the upcoming special election for Florida State House District 35, one tool voters have to evaluate the candidates is to consider their endorsements.

Pro-Business Endorsements Go To Erika Booth:

The Associated Industries of Florida has endorsed Erika Booth for Florida House District 35

One endorsement, in particular, has raised concerns and warrants a closer examination — Erika Booth’s endorsement by the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF). AIF has a long-standing history of lobbying for the interests of employers at the expense of workers. Over its 80-year history, AIF has consistently fought against laws that would improve workers’ conditions, including those related to minimum wage, environmental regulations, unemployment benefits, and legal vulnerabilities for businesses. The organization has actively worked to suppress unions, fought against fair teacher pay, and maintained a stance detrimental to Florida workers.

AIF has an extensive lobbying apparatus that includes 20 contracted outside lobbyists and five lobbyists on staff. Notably, both AIF and “Let’s Preserve the American Dream,” an organization with ties to AIF, operate as dark-money nonprofits, concealing their donors. These entities are linked to major corporations, such as Florida Power & Light, Florida Crystals, U.S. Sugar, Walt Disney World, and HCA Healthcare, raising questions about the potential influence of corporate interests on Booth’s campaign.

Pro-Worker Endorsements Go to Tom Keen:

Tom Keen is endorsed by a number of workers’ unions, including the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association

Meanwhile, Tom Keen’s endorsements tell a different story. A Navy veteran and Lake Nona businessman, Keen has demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. His involvement in various veteran-service organizations, the City of Orlando Citizens’ Police Review Board, and the Mayor’s Veteran Advisory Council showcases a dedication to public service. Importantly, Keen’s vision includes making Florida more affordable, aligning with the interests of everyday Floridians. And his endorsements show a different set of priorities. He’s endorsed by the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, the organization which represents over 7,000 public school teachers in Orange County. Another endorsement from SEIU Florida, which represents thousands of service workers in Florida, shows his commitment to workers over corporations. Other unions which have endorsed Keen include the Communication Workers of America Local 3108, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 78 as well as the Ironworkers Local 808. These endorsements from democratically-run associations representing workers in this district shows a stark contrast with Erika Booth’s corporate endorsements.

In evaluating the candidates for Florida House District 35, the endorsement by the Associated Industries of Florida raises concerns over Erika Booth’s stance on workers’ rights and alignment with corporate interests. Tom Keen, with his background as a Navy veteran and commitment to affordability in Florida, stands as the candidate who would represent the interests of working families in the community. We recommend Tom Keen in this election, to stand up for the values of opportunity and fairness for hardworking Floridians.

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