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Press Release - Florida Leaders Endorse Clinton

August 24, 2007

The Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsements of more than 40 Florida legislators and community leaders, demonstrating Hillary's growing support in the Sunshine State.

"Hillary Clinton's deep understanding of the complex issues facing our nation at home and abroad make her uniquely qualified to be our next Commander in Chief," said State Representative Terry Fields of Duval County.

"Floridians are ready for change, and Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to deliver it. She can make history and inspire a generation of women in the process," said State Senator and former Senate President Gwen Margolis of Miami-Dade County.

"I truly believe Hillary Clinton has the necessary experience, dedication and commitment to lead our country in the right direction," said State Representative Martin David Kiar of Broward County. "Senator Clinton understands the issues affecting Floridians, from establishing a national catastrophic insurance fund to reforming and properly supporting our education system, she will fight for what's important to us."

"I am grateful for the overwhelming support I've received in Florida," Clinton said. "These local leaders will be critical in growing our grassroots support and spreading our message of change across the Sunshine State."

Today's endorsers join other leaders from across Florida in supporting Hillary, including Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings, Kendrick Meek and Corrine Brown.


  • Chan Bryant Abney, Attorney, Martin County
  • Andy Bailes, Baker County Democratic Party Chairman
  • Dick Batchelor, Business Leader, Orlando
  • Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock
  • State Representative Mary Brandenburg, Palm Beach County
  • Commissioner Angelo Castillo, Pembroke Pines
  • Marcelo Claure, Business Leader, Miami-Dade County
  • Mayor Joy F. Cooper, Hallandale Beach
  • Vice-Mayor Thomas Dorsett, West Park
  • State Representative Terry L. Fields, Duval County
  • Maria and Cipriano Garza, Civic Leaders, Miami-Dade County
  • Mayor Susan Gottlieb, Aventura
  • Steven J. Green, Former Ambassador to Singapore, Miami-Dade County
  • Santhea Hicks, Community Leader, Jacksonville
  • State Representative Martin David Kiar, Broward County
  • Sharon Laird, Community Leader, Duval County
  • Michael Langton, Former State Representative, Duval County
  • Vice-Mayor Don Maines, Southwest Ranches
  • State Senator Gwen Margolis, Miami-Dade County
  • Mayor Thomas A. Masters, Riviera Beach
  • Mayor David McLean, Margate
  • Jorge Perez, Business Leader, Miami-Dade County
  • Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele, Community Leader, Jacksonville
  • State Representative Scott Randolph, Orange County
  • Commissioner Gary Resnick, Wilton Manors
  • Reverend Henry T. Rhim, Jacksonville
  • Louis Ritter, Former Mayor, Jacksonville
  • Lula Rodriguez, Business Leader, Miami-Dade County
  • Ray Ruga, Business Leader, Miami-Dade County
  • Commissioner Joseph A. Scuotto, Sunrise
  • Carole Shields, Business Leader, Miami-Dade County
  • State Representative Kelly Skidmore, Palm Beach and Broward Counties
  • Charles Smith, State Democratic Committeeman, Holmes County and Pauline Smith
  • Nancy Soderberg, Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Jacksonville
  • State Representative Priscilla Taylor, Palm Beach County
  • Dean Trantalis, Former City Commissioner, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Hugh Westbrook, Business Leader, Miami-Dade County

Hillary Clinton, Press Release - Florida Leaders Endorse Clinton Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/292843

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