FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2020
ORLANDO, FL – Today, the Rainbow Democrats caucus have announced another round of House race endorsements.
Rainbow Democrats President Brandon Nelson issued the following statement on the Caucus’ endorsements:
Crissy Stile is currently a Mount Dora City Council woman. The district includes a sliver of Orange County, but the majority is in Lake County. We not only have an opportunity to pick up a state legislative seat to close the gap on the Republican majority in the House, but also to increase LGBTQ representation in the legislature and having her alongside Orlando’s Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida’s first openly gay Latinx legislator, and Florida’s first openly lesbian state legislator, Jennifer Webb.
Joy Goff-Marcil is the incumbent Representative for House District 30, which includes parts of Orange and Seminole Counties. Her Republican opponent, former State Representative Bob Cortes, is vying for his job back that he first won in 2014 over then Democratic State Representative Karen Castor-Dentel. We need to keep Representative Goff-Marcil in Tallahassee to continue to work on behalf of the residents in her district and for all Floridians as she has pledged to help fix Florida’s broken unemployment system – which has seen the ire of many Floridians affected due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Both candidates are committed to protecting Florida’s LGBTQ+ community from harmful legislation that could have adverse affects, such as supporting the banning of conversion therapy, a controversial practice that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
With so much on the line in this November’s election, we must ensure that our LGBTQ+ community is protected, not subjected to persecution by those who see us as second class citizens. It is in the best interests of our community that Representative Joy Goff-Marcil returns to Tallahassee and that we elect Crissy Stile to the Florida Legislature – not only to fight for and protect LGBTQ+ Floridians, but also to do the important work to lift up Floridians struggling through this pandemic and to protect our environment.