Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has been endorsed by the Central Florida AFL-CIO for her run for the Orange County School Board District 2 seat, her campaign announced Tuesday.

López is a field of six seeking the open District 2 seat, along with Sara Au, Jacqueline Centeno, David Grimm, Chadwick Hardee, and Eric Martin, all of Orlando.

The Central Florida AFL-CIO comprises more than 100 local unions with more than 70,000 members throughout Central Florida. Incumbent School Board Member Daryl Flynn is not seeking re-election in the district covering parts of east and south Orange County.

“Teachers, as workers, are in a unique position where they are able to elect the bosses that they negotiate with. As such, in our current political climate where educators are under attack at all levels of government, we are proud to stand with all of the candidates for school board endorsed by the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association and we will do everything in our power to make sure they have a seat and a voice on our school board come August” Eric Clinton, president of the Central Florida AFL-CIO, stated in a news release.

This is the second union endorsement for López, who received an early endorsement from the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association in April.

“Growing up in a working class family, I have experienced what it means to live paycheck-to-paycheck and feeling ignored. That’s why, as a school board member, I will be a champion for every single OCPS employee – from the janitors and bus drivers to the teachers and administrators,” López stated in the enws release. “Our workers deserve to be heard!”

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