Shevrin Jones picked up another key endorsement this week, capturing the backing of Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Nikki Fried, in a statement released on Thursday, said “during these challenging times Floridians need leaders they can count on to look out for them, and Shevrin is that leader.”

Fried, 42, is Florida’s only state-wide elected Democrat.

“Working alongside him in Tallahassee I saw first hand his passion and commitment to expanding access to health care, fighting to see equal opportunity to quality education, standing up for what is right, no matter what the political consequences are,” Fried stated.

Jones is campaigning for Florida Senate Seat 35. The district takes in parts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Jones’ family has been impacted heavily by the novel coronavirus.

“Coronavirus is real and I am asking you and your families to stay safe out there,” Jones tweeted last week after visiting with his mother, who tested positive for the virus.

If elected, Jones would become Florida’s first openly gay Black Senator. He has the support of LGBT organizations SAVE, Equality Florida and the Victory Fund.

Fried, a Fort Lauderdale attorney, picked Jones from a field of six candidates seeking the Democratic party nomination. The primary election is Aug. 18.

Jones called Fried a friend and “an awesome leader in our State.”