Joe Harding backs Carolina Amesty for HD 45

Caroline Amesty got an endorsement from Williston Rep. Joe Harding in the crowded Republican primary for House District 45.

“I wholeheartedly support Carolina Amesty for State House in District 45 because she is a strong conservative who will govern with integrity,” said Harding, the lawmaker who sponsored the controversial parental rights legislation that critics have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. .

“Carolina is a proven champion of school choice and knows that parents need to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to their children’s education. She’s a successful business owner in her own right, and because of her Venezuelan heritage, she can speak firsthand about the loss of freedom when the government takes too much control.

Amesty thanked Harding for his endorsement and praised the first-term lawmaker for “fighting bravely for our values ​​at the Florida House, standing up to big business and liberal media who are trying to twist parental rights legislation in the US.” education”.

“I hope to serve alongside Rep. Harding next year and join forces to advocate for the rights of parents and families,” she said.

Amesty is currently Vice President of Central Christian University and a board member of Florida Chaplains, Chaplains USA and Central Christian Academy. A campaign statement said that as a Venezuelan-American, Amesty “is keenly aware of the consequences of socialism and will fight tirelessly to fight the radical left and defend free markets for all.”

She is one of four Republicans running in HD 45, which covers Windermere, the Walt Disney World property and much of southwestern Orange County. She faces Bruno Portigliati, Vennia Francois and mike zhao at primary. Allie Lee Braswell Jr. filed his candidacy for the Democrats.

So far, Francois and Zhao are the only candidates to report fundraising numbers. Amesty and Braswell entered the race in March and will issue their first reports later this month. Portigliati entered the race on April 1 and will release its first fundraising figures in mid-May.

As of Feb. 28, Francois had about $54,000 in the bank and Zhao had about $161,000, though his total includes $80,000 in candidate loans.

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