Judithanne McLauchlan receives EMILY’s List endorsement in SD 22 race

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Florida Senate candidate Judithanne McLauchlan received a key endorsement today from EMILY’s List, the influential group promoting Democratic women who are pro-choice.

McLauchlan, an associate professor at The University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is an “independent leader who will fight for middle class families in Tampa Bay,” said EMILY’s List Political Director Denise Feriozzi.

As a Democratic fundraiser, organizer and first-time candidate, McLauchlan is facing Republican incumbent Sen. Jeff Brandes for the Senate District 22 seat that covers much of Tampa Bay.

“Judithanne will stand up to efforts in Tallahassee to gut education and investments in transportation, and she will always fight to protect a woman’s right to choose,” Feriozzi said. “The EMILY’s List community is proud to endorse her as she runs for Florida State Senate.”

“I am very proud to receive the endorsement of EMILY’s List,” McLauchlan responded. “They have long fought for women and families here in Florida and across the country.”

“We need to address the legislature’s refusal to expand access to affordable health care, denying coverage to one million Floridians,” she added. “My opponent stood alone in the Florida Senate against Medicaid expansion – putting partisan politics over sound public policy.”

District 22 is spread out across parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and is one of the most competitive in Florida. Both President Barack Obama and U.S. congressional candidate Democrat Alex Sink have won the district in the past.

“This State Senate race is the single best opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in the State Senate, and we are excited about this early support,” according to McLauchlan Campaign Treasurer Richard Piper.

“The support of the EMILY’s List community shows that Democrats, progressives, and common-sense independents are serious about this race and that our campaign will have the resources we need to run a winning campaign,” Piper added.

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