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López-Cantera snags Central Florida endorsements

López-Cantera snags Central Florida endorsements

By Scott Powers - Orlando Sentinel

Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera's bid for the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. Senate got bolstered in Central Florida Wednesday with the announcement of endorsements from nine local lawmakers.

López-Cantera's campaign announced that state Reps. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford; Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs; Tom Goodson, R-Titusville; Mike LaRosa, R-Saint Cloud; Marlene O’Toole, R-The Villages; Scott Plakon, R-Longwood; Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando; David Santiago, R-Deltona; and Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne; all have endorsed his candidacy.

López-Cantera is competing with U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach and David Jolly of St. Petersburg, and Orlando businessman Todd Wilcox for the Republican nomination. On the Democrats' side, U.S. Reps. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Patrick Murphy of Jupiter and labor lawyer Pam Keith of Palm Beach Gardens are the leading candidates.

The lieutenant governor cited the work the state lawmakers were doing with Gov. Rick Scott as a basis for their united support of his campaign.

“Together, we have created over 900,000 jobs by putting money back in the hands of the taxpayer. It is time for Washington to do the same and I look forward to making sure it’s getting done as the next U.S. Senator from Florida,” López-Cantera stated in a news release.