Winter Park Republican Mike Miller is adding the endorsement of longtime Seminole County Commissioner Carlton Henley in the race for Florida’s 7th Congressional District.

Miller, who currently represents the Orlando-area House District 47, faces an August 28 GOP primary battle with Scott Sturgill and Vennia Francois. The winner expects to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy in November.

“It is going to take a strong candidate to take this seat back, but I believe Mike is the best person to do just that,” Henley in a news release issued Thursday by Miller’s campaign. “It is important that the residents of Seminole County have someone who will represent our conservative values and protect our way of life,” he continued. “I am supporting Mike because he values education, as I do, and believes our local leaders are the best ones to make decisions for our schools. He will represent us well in Washington,” Henley concluded.

CD 7 covers Seminole County and north and central Orange County.

Henley, a retired schoolteacher and principal, has been on the Seminole County Commission since 1998. He is not running for re-election this year.

“There are not many who have served Seminole County longer than Commissioner Henley,” Miller stated in the release. “I have worked with him over the years on regional transportation issues and he always has his constituents’ needs front and center. I appreciate his confidence in me and am honored to have his support.”

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