Orange County School Board candidate Johanna López has received the endorsement from U.S. Rep. Darren Soto in her bid to be elected in District 2, her campaign announced Wednesday.

“Johanna López is a fierce champion for public education, and I’m proud to call her my friend. Her results-driven work has helped to empower hundreds of Central Florida students, teachers, and families,” Soto stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “With Hispanic students making up 41 percent of Orange County Public Schools, she will bring much-needed representation as the first Hispanic on the school board.”

Soto’s Florida’s 9th Congressional District includes much of south Orange County, including much of the School Board’s District 2 area. While he was in the Florida House and the Florida Senate, his districts, dating to 2008, also shared much of he same territory.

“A vote for Johanna is a vote to make our schools safer, more equal, and more supportive of teachers and staff. That’s why I am honored to endorse Johanna López for Orange County School Board District 2,” Soto added.

López faces David Grimm in the Nov. 6 runoff election after they finished first and second, respectively, in the six-candidate field that faced off in the Aug. 28 election.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Representative Darren Soto, who has defended our most vulnerable families in Tallahassee and Washington D.C.,” she stated in the news release. “He has a strong record when it comes to supporting our public schools, standing up for our teachers, and keeping our students safe. I look forward to representing our community alongside him as a member of the Orange County school board.”

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