Democratic state Sen. Victor Torres has endorsed Colonial High School Teacher Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board, her campaign announced Wednesday.

Torres’s Senate District 15 overlaps with the western portion of Orange County School Board District 2.

“For years, I have seen Johanna leverage her experience, knowledge, and leadership abilities for the advancement of our youth and public schools,” Torres stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “As a lifelong educator, she understands the needs, concerns and opportunities that our students, teachers, and families face. That’s exactly why I am proud to endorse her for Orange County School Board, District 2.”

She is in an Aug. 28 election battle royal for the east Orange County seat being vacated by School Board Member Darryl Flynn. The other canddiates include Sara AuJacqueline Centeno, David Grimm, Chadwick Hardee, and Eric Martin.

Torres’ endorsements add to those López already has received from Democratic state Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Amy Mercado, who also represent parts of the School Board District 2 area. Mercado is Torres’ daughter.

“I am honored to receive Sen. Victor Torres’s endorsement,” López stated in the release. “Sen. Torres and his family have a long history of serving as committed leaders in favor of the most vulnerable Central Floridians. Most recently, his leadership and voice in the State Senate have been critical in the fight for our newly arrived students and families from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. I look forward to serving our constituents together.”

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