Valerie Goddard gets union backing
Political newcomer Valerie Goddard, a District 3 Hillsborough County Commission candidate, has received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO's West Central Florida Federation of Labor. In a news release announcing the endorsement, Goddard said: “During tough economic times, working families need elected officials that understand their plight and are committed to working on their behalf. This endorsement signifies that these unions see past the old school politics of my opponents and recognize that I am the best candidate to represent District 3.” Goddard, chairman of the Children's Board, will face sitting county Commissioner Kevin White and former state Sen. Les Miller in the Democratic primary in August. She has a fundraiser scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Villa, next to Gino's Restaurant on W Linebaugh. Cohosts include Luanne Panacek, executive director of the Children's Board.
Janet Zink, Times staff writer