The Florida Education Association approves the re-election of Janet Cruz

The Florida Education Association (AEF) endorses Sen. Janet Cruz as she runs for re-election in Senate District 14.

The FEA is the state’s largest union with more than 150,000 members representing education professionals. It is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA), and the national AFL-CIO.

“It is essential that we send elected representatives to Tallahassee who will advocate for a fully funded public education system that can be counted on to support teachers, support staff and students. That’s why we’re proud to support Senator Janet Cruz’s campaign in District 14,” the FEA President said. Andrew spar said in a statement.

“Senator Cruz has delivered lessons to Florida students and their families in Tallahassee and knows firsthand the importance of a fully funded public education system that positions students for success in the classroom and in life.”

Cruz has already garnered endorsements from Democratic members of the Tampa Bay House delegation, including the designated Democratic leader Driskell Fencewas unanimously elected by House Democrats in the leadership role in May.

“After struggling for more than a decade to ensure a quality education for all students in Florida, I am honored to receive this endorsement from the Florida Education Association,” Cruz said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to partner with FEA and doing the work in Tallahassee for Florida students, teachers and their families.”

Cruz heads straight to the general election, where she faces a veteran Republican Jay collins.

The pair are in for a tough ride, with Cruz with a big war chest. She will start July with more than $587,900 in cash between her campaign account and the affiliate political committee. Collins will start the new month with $126,778 between his two funding sources, but he’s shown he can raise big money too.

Collins got the governor’s approval. Ron DeSantis upon entering the race. Tampa businessman Shawn Harrisonwho filed in Aprilquit the race in response to Collins’ change.

The SD 14 is a blue recline seat, but competitive. About 51.25% of voters under the new SD 14 lines favored the Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election as 47.33% voted for Republicans donald trump.

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