FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2020
ORLANDO, FL – Today, the Rainbow Democrats caucus have announced another round of endorsements for candidates seeking office locally and statewide in Orange County.
Rainbow Democrats President Brandon Nelson issued the following statement on the Caucus’ endorsements:
“The Rainbow Democrats have voted to send Senator Victor Torres back to the State Senate alongside his colleague, Senator Linda Stewart. As a co-sponsor of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, Senator Torres will continue to work alongside his colleagues in the Senate and the Florida House to ensure that Floridians are not discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression in employment and public lodging. Senator Torres has also sponsored a bill in the Senate to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) law that was passed by Florida voters in 2008, which defined marriage as a union between a (cis) man and a (cis) woman. Because of his commitment to equality, justice, and fairness to all Floridians, especially LGBTQ+ Floridians, the Rainbow Democrats offer an emphatic endorsement of Senator Victor Torres’ re-election to the Florida State Senate.
In the race for Florida House District 48 (which is being vacated by Representative Amy Mercado to run for Orange County Property Appraiser), the Rainbow Democrats have endorsed Samuel Vilchez Santiago. Having fled his home country of Venezuela with his family at the age of 13 because of the oppressive totalitarian government, Samuel understands the plight of everyday Floridians & marginalized communities. He will fight to give a voice to the voiceless and ensure that minorities will have representation in the legislature. As an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, Samuel is fully committed to ensuring that the fight for full equality continues and that no Floridian is discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.