Florida Politics: “LGBTQ Victory Fund backs Shevrin Jones in SD 35”
State Rep. Shevin Jones is announcing support from another pro-LGBTQ group Wednesday, as LGBTQ Victory Fund is backing Jones’ 2020 bid to move to the Florida Senate.
Back in July, Jones secured the endorsement of Equality Florida Action PAC, courtesy of the group’s very first endorsement of the 2020 cycle. Now, LGBTQ Victory Fund is supporting Jones’ campaign for Senate District 35 as well.
Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released a statement confirming the group’s endorsement.
“Shevrin’s commitment to smart public policy that addresses the real concerns of the communities he represents makes him the best candidate for District 35,” Parker said.
“When he wins, Shevrin will continue to be a vital voice for equality just as he has throughout his time in public service.”
Jones — who is a member of the LGBTQ community — is one of six candidates currently pursuing the SD 35 seat. He’s term-limited in the House in 2020.
“It is an honor to have Victory Fund’s support in the fight to secure opportunity and a path to prosperity for all regardless of who they are or who they love,” Jones said in a statement on the LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsement.
“Every Floridian and person across this country deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and I am committed to helping our communities keep moving forward until we live in a world in which hate is no longer tolerated.”
Jones has led the race in fundraising so far as well. He’s collected more than $160,000 through his campaign. His political committee has added more than $77,000 this cycle as well. As of the most recent fundraising reports, Jones has more than $90,000 on hand after expenditures.
State Sen. Oscar Braynon II, who currently represents the district, is term-limited. Jones is competing in the Democratic primary against former state Sen. Daphne Campbell, Miami Gardens City Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, former Rep. Cynthia Stafford and former firefighter Wilbur Harbin.
Serial candidate Josue Larose has filed to run as a Republican in the heavily Democratic district.
SD 35 covers parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties including Miramar, West Park and Miami Gardens.