Democratic leaders Buddy Dyer, Patty Sheehan endorse Joe Saunders in HD 49

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In the run up to the primary election of August 14th, the Joe Saunders campaign has added key endorsements from two of Orlando’s most well-respected, Democratic leaders.  Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan have chosen to endorse the 29 year-old equal rights organizer in the Democratic primary for House District 49.
“For the last seven years, Joe has been working in east Orange County and across the state of Florida to build diverse and bipartisan coalitions,” said Mayor Dyer.  “As a champion for civil rights, he has worked to protect thousands of Central Florida families.  We need someone in Tallahassee capable of building consensus and getting results.”
“I’ve known Joe Saunders since he was a student at UCF and have watched him grow into one of Florida’s most effective progressive leaders,” added Commissioner Sheehan. “His commitment to fighitng for fairness and equal opportunity was as clear to me then as it is today. Joe would be a powerful voice for Orange County in the Florida legislature.”
“I am so incredibly honored to have earned the support of these great community leaders,” said Saunders. “They understand that Florida’s future depends on us electing leaders who can set rhetoric aside and find real solutions for the hardworking men and women of east Orange County.”

Mayor Dyer and Commissioner Sheehan join the Florida Education Association (the state’s largest teacher’s union), Orange County Fire Fighters and Morgan and Morgan founder John Morgan in endorsing Saunders.

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