A national organization allied with Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and formed to push progressive candidates across the country is now backing Johanna López‘s bid for the Orange County School Board, her campaign announced.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which also is backing Democratic gubernatorial Andrew Gillum and has been credited with having a hand in helping Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to an upset victory in a congressional Democratic primary in New York last spring, is labeling López as one of its champions.

Five hundred candidates have been named 2018 Champions nationally by the organization.

López, a Colonial High School teacher, faces David Grimm, also a teacher, in the Nov. 6 election for the Orange County School Board’s open District 2 seat.

“The candidates on our Champions List are running great campaigns powered by the grassroots, not corporate interests,” Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, stated in a news release issued by López’s campaign. “We’re proud to support them as they take power back for their communities and turn big ideas into action for working families.”

López responded, “With the help of over 200 volunteers who have knocked on more than 26 thousand doors across our district, our campaign has demonstrated to be a people-powered movement. This campaign has been a continuation of my life’s work. For the last two decades, I have worked to empower our Central Florida students, teachers, and families inside and outside of the classroom, and I am honored I am honored to have PCCC members stand by my side in this historic election.”

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