The 70-member Congressional Progressive Caucus has endorsed Susannah Randolph in her quest to win the Democratic nomination for Congress in Congressional District 9, her campaign announced.

“Susannah is a true progressive Democrat with a lifelong commitment to grassroots organizing and helping Democrats win,” caucus Co-Chair U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who had individually endorsed Randolph earlier, stated in a news release issued by Randolph’s campaign.

“As a community organizer, who has dedicated her career to protecting our environment, Susannah knows how to be a strong advocate for our natural resources and our community,” stated the other caucus co-chair U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who also had previously individually endorsed her.

Randolph is racing with state Sen. Darren Soto of Orlando, Dr. Dena Minning of Orlando, businesswoman Valleri Crabtree of Celebration and former state Rep. Ricardo Rangel of Kissimmee, among others, for the Democratic nomination to replace incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando.

The caucus endorsement brings a heavy load of 70 Democratic congressmen as a group into Randolph’s camp, though there is no direct implication that each individually endorses her. Grayson, for example, has not. Randolph is a former top staffer for Grayson, but Minning is his significant other.

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