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Six South Florida mayors endorse Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate



U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, announced this morning that six South Florida mayors have endorsed his bid for U.S. Senate.

The endorsements are from: Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, Coconut Creek Mayor Becky Tooley, Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell, Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan, Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell.

They join a growing list of supporters from the Democratic establishment who are backing the more-moderate Murphy over fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando. Grayson is drawing his support mostly from progressives and grassroots backers.

"Patrick is the right person to represent all Floridians in the U.S. Senate," Messam said in a statement provided by Murphy's campaign. "Our communities need a leader who is committed to our values and will fight for all working families. Patrick has a proven record of success and he has the right priorities to lead our state.”

Ryan added, in a statement also provided by the campaign: "I know that Patrick will lead us with integrity and will work everyday to unite, not divide, us."

Pam Keith, an attorney from North Palm Beach, is also running in the Democratic primary.

Four candidates are running in the Republican primary: U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach, U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Indian Shores, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera of Miami, and Orlando businessman Todd Wilcox.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 9:23am]


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