Former state Rep. Linda Stewart has received the endorsement of the Florida National Organization of Women’s Political Action Committee in her race for Orlando-based Senate District 13, her campaign announced Friday.

The endorsement, presented by Florida NOW president Terry Sanders, also comes with the blessing of the Greater Orlando chapter.

“As a legislator, I have fought to promote ideas important to Florida’s women,” Stewart stated in a news release. “We deserve equal pay for equal work. Women not only deserve access to affordable healthcare, but must have full control over their reproductive rights. I have stood with NOW in opposition to Florida’s 24-hour mandatory waiting period on abortions.”

Stewart is in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination to succeed termed-out Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner in the district, which has become more Democratic with redistricting.

In the Democratic primary she faces former state Rep. Mike Clelland and former Orange County School Board member Rick Roach.

On the Republican side, Dean Asher is the leading candidate.

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