Orlando Democrat Susannah Randolph has won the backing of Air Line Pilots Association in her run for Congressional District 9.

The union, which represents 52,000 pilots worldwide, expressed confidence in Randolph’s ability to fight for air safety and security, as well as for high-paying jobs.

“ALPA is proud to support Susannah Randolph for Congress in Florida’s 9th District because she will tirelessly fight to protect the safety and security of our national airspace, as well as good-paying, American jobs,” Elizabeth Baker, director of government affairs for ALPA International, stated in a news release issued by Randolph’s campaign. “We are confident Susannah will go to Congress with a forward-looking agenda to grow the middle class, protect pilot jobs, and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.”

Randolph faces state Sen. Darren Soto, Valleri Crabtree and Dr. Dena Minning in an August 30 Democratic primary. The district covers south-central Orange County, all of Osceola County and eastern Polk County.

“I am incredibly grateful for ALPA’s support,” Randolph stated in the release. “Tourism is a major industry in this district, and pilots play a critical role in the Sunshine State’s economy. International travel is a growing market in Florida, and Orlando has become one of the top tourist destinations in the country. I look forward to working with ALPA to ensure that this airline industry continues to grow, promote job security for pilots, and maintain the safety of our skies.”

 

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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