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Democrat Eunic Ortiz is running against Republican Nick DiCeglie for the Florida Senate seat held by Jeff Brandes (R), who is term-limited. Brandes worked hard to undermine the $15 state minimum wage requirement passed by voters last year, and DiCeglie promises more of the same.

Eunic Ortiz, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida and former Communications Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which represents more than 2 million workers nation-wide and 55,000 active or retired Floridians, has led the fight for living wages and promises to continue doing so in Tallahassee.

Creative Loafing says, “with roots in Pinellas County, and a professional background in education, government communications, and organized labor, Ortiz seeks to advocate for everyday working Floridians in Tallahassee, with a platform focused on affordable housing, better funding for public education, environmental protection, and naturally, more well-paying jobs for working Floridians.”

In contrast, Republican DiCeglie is touting a radical far right platform that promotes the interests of big business, eliminates abortion rights, fights “radical gender policy,” and restricts voting rights and access.

Eunic’s fight for the $15 minimum wage demonstrates clearly that she puts the interests of Florida’s workers and their families first. It’s a fight she has been leading for many years, and it’s time for her to carry that fight to the Florida Senate on behalf of all Floridians.

For the full story, see McKenna Schuler’s article in Creative Loafing, October 15, 2021.

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