Twelve new endorsements were announced by SAVE Action PAC this week.
The political advocacy arm of the Miami-based grassroots nonprofit put its seal of approval behind 12 candidates running for office.
The new group includes Florida House Candidate Demi Busatta Cabrera, Cutler Bay Vice Mayor Michael Callahan, Dania Beach Commission Candidate Bobbie Grace, Dania Beach Commissioner Bill Harris, Dania Beach Commissioner Tamara James, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Steve Glassman, Hollywood Commission Candidate Stephanie Anderson, Hollywood Commissioner Linda Sherwood, Margate Commission Candidate Lesa “Le” Peerman, Parkland Commission Candidate Jordan Isrow and Parkland Vice Mayor Bob Mayersohn.
Of the 12, Harris, Trantalis, Glassman and Peerman identify as LGBT.
Cabrera, a Republican, is campaigning for the open house seat in District 114 which takes in parts of South Miami, West Miami and Cutler Bay.
Other statehouse candidates endorsed by SAVE are Linda Thompson Gonzalez (93), Rep. Cindy Polo (103), Maureen Porras (105), Annette Collazo (110), Rep. Nick Duran (112) and Ricky Junquera (118). In District 115, SAVE has endorsed both candidates: Rep. Vance Aloupis and Franccesca Cesti-Browne.
Junquera is the only house candidate endorsed by SAVE who identifies as LGBT.
In the Senate, SAVE has endorsed Rep. Shevrin Jones (35), Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez (37) and Rep. Javier E. Fernandez (39).
On the Miami-Dade County Commission, SAVE has endorsed Gepsie M. Metellus (3), Commissioner Eileen Higgins (5), Cindy Lerner (7) and Rep. Kionne McGhee (9). Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava received SAVE’s endorsement for County Mayor.
Miami-Dade School Board endorsed candidates are: Lucia Baez-Geller (3), Dr. Mara Zapata (5) and Luisa Santos (9). Broward School Board endorsed candidates are: Debbie Hixon and Jeff Holness, both in District 9.
In Pinecrest, incumbent Anna Hochkammer and Shannon del Prado are endorsed for the village council.
In Wilton Manors, SAVE is endorsing Commissioner Julie Carson for Mayor and Mike Bracchi, Doug Blevins and Chris Caputo for Commission.
Founded in 1993, SAVE stands for Safeguarding American Values for Everyone. SAVE Action Pac began issuing endorsements in 2008.