Orange County Commission candidate Nicolette Springer has picked up the endorsement of former and potential future Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley and his national Win Back Your State organization for her quest to be elected in District 4, her campaign announced Friday.
O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, had been the Democrats’ third choice behind eventual nominee Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries campaign, and O’Malley dropped out fairly early. Since then he’s started his Win Back Your State Political Action Committee to support Democrats at the local and state levels. And he has not disputed that the effort might also aid his own ambitions for another national run.
He made a swing through Central Florida meeting with several Democratic candidates in June and has since endorsed several, including, now, Springer.
“Nicolette is the ideal representation of democratic values,” O’Malley stated in a news release issued by Springer’s campaign. As a criminologist, educator, and mother of two daughters, Nicolette is highly credentialed and genuinely cares about her community. You can see this in her enthusiasm when you talk to her about the future of Orange County. She is in tune with the needs of her neighbors and understands the needs of the diverse communities within her district. I believe Nicolette is the leader that will bring the voice of the people to local government and I am proud to support her for Orange County Commission District 4.”
Springer is in a five-way Aug. 28 election that includes two other Democrats, Kevin Ballinger and Maribel Gomez Cordero, and two Republicans, Susan Makowski and Gina Perez-Calhoun, in the non-partisan election for the southeast Orange County District 4 seat on the county commission. If no one gets more than half the votes, the top two advance to the Nov. 6 election.