Democratic Florida House candidate Lee Mangold has gotten the backing of the Working Families Party in his quest for Florida House District 28, his campaign announced Tuesday.

The Working families Party is a national, progressive, political organization that advocates for such things as increased minimum wages and paid sick days, and claims a grassroots operation reaching hundred of thousands of people each month. With its endorsement of Mangold, the party pledged to mobilize supporters to volunteer for his campaign.

“We are proud to support Lee Mangold for the Florida State House. Lee is the type of leader who will fight for the issues that matter most to working families in Tallahassee – quality public education, affordable access to healthcare and building renewable sustainable energy,” Ari Kamen, political strategist for Working Families Party, stated in a news release issued by the Mangold campaign. “Lee will be a powerful force for working families in the state House, and we enthusiastically support him.”

Mangold, of Casselberry, faces Republican David Smith of Winter Springs in the HD 28 contest to represent eastern Seminole County.

“The Working Families Party is a fantastic organization of progressive activists, working to ensure that we have processes and an economy in this country that work for all of us,” Mangold stated in the release. “I’m proud to receive this endorsement – and all my endorsements – because I truly believe in the causes they fight for. The Working Families Party stands with everyday people – and so do I!”

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