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Montelione "humbled" by Obama endorsement



Endorsements of political candidates don’t generally do much to move the needle for a campaign.

But might that be different when that endorsement comes from the occupant of the White House?

The Florida Democratic Party announced this morning that President Barack Obama is endorsing 13 Democratic candidates running for in Florida legislative races including state House District 63 candidate Lisa Montelione.

The 55-year-old, who is resigning her Tampa City Council seat to run for the state House, is looking to unseat incumbent Republican Shawn Harrison.

The endorsement from the president is somewhat a completing of a circle for Montelione, who was a volunteer in Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and said speeches he delivered when he was an Illinois senator inspired her to run for office.

“Having our President’s trust to carry on the fight for our shared Democratic values in Tallahassee is a responsibility I am proud to take on,” she said in a statement.

Obama's support could also help Montelione win over student voters from the University of South Florida who typically turn out to vote in presidential election years. The seat in the New-Tampa-university area usually swings Democrat in presidential years and Republican in off-year elections. 

[Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2016 12:47pm]


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