Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has announced an early endorsement from the Florida National Organization for Women PAC in her race to be elected to the Orange County School Board in District 2.

In a letter announcing the endorsement, Joanner Stenner, who serves as the Florida NOW PAC director, stated, “Your local NOW chapter has all the confidence in you that you will make a great School Board member and you have come highly recommended by them.”

López is in crowded contest for the school board seat, with Sara Au, Jacqueline Centeno, David Michael Grimm, Chadwick Hardee, and Demetrius Vashawn Smith. They all seek to succeed Daryl Flynn to represent much of southeastern Orange County on the board.

Last year López was selected as a recipient of La Prensa’s Distinguished Women in Education award, recognizing her efforts to bring about fairness and equity into our local public education system.

“I am extremely honored to have the support of Florida NOW as it demonstrates my personal commitment to continue inspiring young women across Central Florid,” she stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “This endorsement also recognizes the work of our people-powered campaign, which has been predominantly led by some of my former students and teacher colleagues, who understand the value of bringing the perspective of a teacher and community advocate to the School Board. Our campaign is about creating change at the local level, ensuring that all OCPS students, teachers, and families have access to fairness, opportunity, and wellness, including physical safety and mental health counseling.”

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