Jerry Torres wins endorsement from Jackie Toledo in CD 14 race

The pair were previously adversaries before Torres changed his campaign.

Tampa Representative Jackie Toledo announced contractor approval Jerry Torres as he challenges the U.S. Representative. Catherine Beaver for Florida’s 14th congressional district.

Toledo, who is herself a candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, announced her support on Saturday. The pair were previously adversaries before Torres chose to postpone your campaign from CD 15 to CD 14. Toledo, who is a licensed professional engineer and local business owner, was first elected to her current seat at Florida House – House District 60 – in 2016, and has retained the district against credible challenges.

“I am delighted to pledge my full support and endorsement to Jerry Torres for Florida’s 14th Congressional District. Jerry Torres is an incredible patriot who fights for our state and our country,” Toledo said in a statement. we have seen in 2020, all elections are important and one seat can change the whole direction in which a country is heading. Jerry Torres is a strong conservative who will continue to fight for our country in Congress. »

Torres, a Republican and Lakeland veteran, was recently endorsed by American Veterans Vote.

He faces a Republican primary against Sam Nashagh and potentially James Judge, who is fight a recent disqualification. Torres arrives in the GOP primary with finances behind him. The former Green Beret developed personal wealth after founding Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, which he sold in 2019.

But whoever wins the nod in CD 14 faces a huge upswing against incumbent Castor, who is likely the Democratic nominee as she seeks her ninth term to represent the district of Tampa. Castor faces a Democratic primary challenge from Christopher Bradley.

Under a new map signed by the governor Ron DeSantis, the seat leans heavily Democratic and covers downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg. About 58.8% of voters in the newly configured district voted for the Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, and only 39.72% favored the Republican donald trump.

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