Orlando Democratic state Sen. Linda Stewart is throwing her support behind Gwen Graham in Florida’s governor’s race.

“I’ve seen the damage that 20 years of one-party Republican rule in Tallahassee has caused. They’ve neglected our environment, they defunded our public schools, and they gutted our gun laws. We need strong leadership, focused on the needs of Floridians, and that’s why I’m proud to support Gwen Graham for governor,” Stewart stated in a news release issued Friday by Graham’s campaign.

Stewart, also a former Orange County Commissioner and state representative, has led the fight for an assault weapons ban in the state Senate. She’s also working to secure funding for a Pulse Memorial in Orlando. And In addition to her leadership on gun safety, Stewart has been an advocate for the environment and higher education.

Graham faces Winter Park entrepreneur Chris King, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the Democratic primary fight to run for governor.

“After Pulse, Rick Scott and the Republicans in the Legislature offered their thoughts and prayers — and then failed to act. They turned their heads and did nothing to prevent another mass shooting or to stop the daily violence that plagues communities across Florida,” Graham stated in the release. “Despite opposition, Senator Linda Stewart has fought for bold proposals to stop gun violence. She has stood strong for the environment and education, and I admire her leadership under pressure. As governor, I will work with her to pass universal background checks, ban military-style assault weapons, and secure funding for a Pulse Memorial.”

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