Former state Rep. Mike Clelland, who lost the Democratic primary for Florida Senate District 13 to former state Rep. Linda Stewart, endorsed her Monday for the general election.

The two had been colleagues from Central Florida in the Florida House for two years before both were swept out of office in the 2014 elections. This summer they ran sometimes heated primary campaigns against one another.

Stewart now faces Republican nominee Dean Asher in the Nov. 8 general election.

“Working with her in the Legislature, I had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the type of progressive fighter that Linda Stewart is as a public servant,” Clelland stated in a news release from Stewart’s campaign. “Linda has dedicated her career to standing up for responsible environmental protections, improving access to healthcare and passing commonsense gun safety reforms that keep us safe.

Stewart praised Clelland’s background as a firefighter and lawmaker.

“Mike has always put the people he has pledged to serve first,” she stated in the news release. “It is an honor to receive his endorsement and I look forward to working together with Mike to ensure the people of Orange county have a senator looking out for their interests first in Tallahassee.”

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