A political committee tied to the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates has endorsed Casselberry Democrat Lee Mangold in the race for House District 28.

Florida Planned Parenthood PAC endorses candidates who “have been a strong supporter of reproductive health” and who “will continue to be a dedicated advocate.”

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Florida Planned Parenthood PAC. I will fight continuously in the Florida Legislature to ensure that all women have access to quality preventative healthcare and that their reproductive rights are not infringed upon. I thank the FLPPPAC for their support,” Mangold said.

The FLPPPAC endorsement comes a few days after he earned the backing of Win Back Your State, a political committee started by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who ran for president in 2016 and may do so again in 2020. Mangold has also recently gotten the nod from the Florida AFL-CIO.

Mangold, 36, is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches courses on cyber security. He is the only Democratic candidate running for HD 28, currently represented by term-limited Republican Rep. Jason Brodeur.

Also running for the seat is Winter Springs Republican David Smith, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel.

Smith has the edge in fundraising with more than $200,000 raised, including $85,000 in candidate loans. Mangold has raised about $32,000, including $10,000 in candidate loans.

HD 28 covers part of northeastern Seminole County, including Sanford, Winter Springs, Casselberry and Oviedo. Republican voters make up nearly 40 percent of the electorate in the Central Florida district, compared to a 33 percent share for Democrats.

The election is Nov. 6.

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