Colonial High School teacher Johanna López’ bid for Orange County School Board has earned the backing of Orlando Democratic Rep. Amy Mercado.

“From serving as a teacher for over twenty years to assisting displaced families and working to increase parental involvement in our local education system, Johanna López has a proven record of being a relentless champion for our students, teachers, and families.

“Given her passion and first-hand understanding of our public schools, Johanna is ready to bring her student-oriented, change-driven platform of equity, support for teachers and staff, and safety into fruition from day one. It is my pleasure to endorse Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board.”

Mercado is currently in her first term representing House District 48. She joins fellow Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith,  Florida NOW, the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, the Central Florida AFL-CIO and Women for Justice in endorsing López for the open District 2 seat.

“I am honored to receive Rep. Mercado’s endorsement. In the Florida House, Rep. Mercado has been a strong advocate for our public education system. Her leadership has been pivotal in the fight for teachers’ benefits and safe schools. I look forward to representing our constituents together.”

López is one of a half-dozen candidates vying to succeed Orange County School Board Member Daryl Flynn in the fall. She faces Sara Au, Jacqueline Ceneno, Chadwick Hardee, David Grimm and Eric Martin.

Through June 22, Hardee led in fundraising with a grand total of $20,575, though López is not far behind with $19,252 raised despite declaring for the race four months after Hardee.

All six candidates will be on the Aug. 28 primary election ballot. If any candidate receives more than half of the vote they will win the race outright, otherwise the top two vote-getters will go head-to-head on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

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