Joyner, Cruz to endorse USF prof in Senate District 22 race
ST. PETERSBURG | State Sen. Arthenia Joyner and state Rep. Janet Cruz are expected to endorse University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Judithanne McLauchlan for the Senate District 22 seat currently held by Republican Jeff Brandes.
The Democratic lawmakers are making it official Saturday at the "Diversi-Tea" event at the Manhattan Casino, hosted by Business and Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. The event is aimed at celebrating the 9th Amendment.
McLaughlan, endorsed earlier this month by Mayor Rick Kriseman, is trying to unseat Brandes, who has represented the 22nd district since 2012. The district encompasses parts of south Pinellas, the beaches, and south Tampa.
Neither faces a primary challenge.