The last Democrat to hold the seat in Orlando-based House District 47, Linda Stewart, has endorsed Beth Tuura among three Democrats running for the seat this year, Tuura’s campaign announced Wednesday.

Stewart, a long-time activist and former county commissioner who is running for the Florida Senate this year, picked Tuura over Democrats Henry Lim and Clint Curtis. The trio want a shot at incumbent Republican state Rep. Mike Miller of Orlando, who ousted Stewart in the 2014 election.

“I am pleased to endorse Beth Tuura in her race in district 47,” Stewart stated in the release. “Her social and business experiences will make her a great voice for women and working families in Central Florida.”

Tuura said she seeks to continue Stewart’s legacy of fighting for issues such as fair wages, expanding access to healthcare, and strengthening our public education system.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Representative Linda Stewart in the past and I am honored to have her endorsement,” Tuura said. “I will fight to win back District 47 and bring my business and leadership skills to Tallahassee to get Florida back on track.”

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