Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington has thrown his endorsement to former state Rep. Ricardo Rangel in his effort to win back his seat in Kissimmee-based House District 43.

Arrington’s district covers much of HD 43, including Poinciana.

“Ricardo Rangel, a U.S. Army veteran, is the best choice for the Florida House of Representatives, District 43,” Arrington stated in a news release issued by Rangel’s campaign. “Floridians need a leader in Tallahassee that will work for our communities’ healthcare, our children’s education, and stand up for working families. I look forward to working with Ricardo Rangel to continue to improve the quality of life for all the residents of Osceola County.”

In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Rangel faces state Rep. John Cortes, who beat Rangel in the 2014 Democratic primary. Also in the race is Sara Shaw. There is a write-in candidate, so the primary will be open only to Democratic voters, and the winner will be all-but-assured of election in November.

Rangel also has won the endorsement of Osceola County Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer.

“I am honored to have Commissioner Arrington’s endorsement,” Rangel stated in the release. “I look forward to working with him and Commissioner Janer to help our community in Osceola County.”

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