Democratic Leaders & Elected Officials

Samuel was endorsed by several local leaders in his bid to represent House District 48.

Johanna López
Orange County School Board Member

"Samuel represents a new era of empowerment and unity for our community. His continued record of volunteer service, unwavering commitment, and astute knowledge of our community–where he has lived, studied, and worked for over ten years–makes him the most qualified candidate to take our community’s voice to Tallahassee and deliver innovative solutions to our problems."

Carlos Guillermo Smith
State Representative, (D-49)

"Samuel is part of a new generation of Hispanic political leaders creating change within their own neighborhoods and getting things done for Central Floridians. His story as a Venezuelan refugee who overcame adversity at young age has already inspired many in our community and his years of experience organizing issue-driven coalitions has delivered results."

Read Carlos's full endorsement >>

Amy Mercado
Current State Representative, (D-48)

“I’ve seen Samuel serve as a fierce and effective advocate for our community over the years... His passion, knowledge and commitment to serving our community makes him the most qualified candidate to represent District 48 in the Florida House of Representatives. That’s why I endorse his people-powered campaign, and I ask District 48 voters to do the same on or before August 18th.”

Dawn Curtis
Orange County Soil & Water Supervisor
President of the Democratic Black Caucus

"As a testament to his commitment and leadership, Samuel has, as a member of the Orange County Charter Review Commission, has fought to ensure our communities have access to clean water and has championed the protection of our green spaces, such as the Split Oak forest ... I am proud to endorse Samuel for Florida House District 48 because he is the best choice for our environment and our communities."

Anna Eskamani
State Representative, (D-47)

"I am thrilled to endorse [Samuel's] people-driven campaign, and to help elect a fresh face to the Florida Legislature. Samuel's community driven approach to problem solving coupled with this knowledge of state policy is unmatched."

Read Anna's full endorsement >>

Daryl Flynn
Former Orange County School Board Member

"From the time I first shook Samuel’s hand as an OCPS Super Scholar it was plain to see he was a born leader and destined to be a true mover and shaker in his community. Samuel’s energy and passion for helping others makes him the candidate to vote for in the House Seat 48 race."

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Travaris McCurdy

State Representative-elect (D-46)

Jimmy Torres

President and founder of Boricua Vota

Dan Daley

State Representative (D-97, Coral Springs)

Other Local Leaders Supporting Samuel

Worker Unions and Progressive Organizations

Samuel has the support of Florida's workers and the state's most prominent union leaders.

National Organization for Women - Florida
Fighting for women's rights, racial justice, and gender equality.

"A recommendation was submitted because of [Samuel's] tireless dedication to feiminist issues... on behalf of our statwide membership, Florida NOW looks forward to working with [Samuel] to achieve full equality for women, girls, and otherwise marginalized folks."

Women's March
Florida Distinction

Women’s March Florida is an independent ... organization made up of volunteers from across the state, united by our desire to dismantle oppression through our advocacy for equity and respect and dignity for all. Our Mission is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.

Florida Professional Firefighters

"We, the Florida Professional Firefighters, feel that Samuel Vilchez not only represents the best interests of the constituents of Florida House D48, but represents the persistent commitment needed to improve the lives and safety of all firefighters across this great state."

Orange County Classroom Teachers Association
Representing Orange County Teachers

"As our endorsee, we believe that [Samuel shares] our goals to fight to strengthen public schools, improve employees’ working conditions and salaries, and work to make sure we have the tools and resources needed to ensure student success."

ORRA & FL Realtors
State & local realtors associations

"The difficulties brought on by the global pandemic make it clearer than ever that having the right people in government is essential to ensuring public safety and protecting the basic functions of society. [Samuel is] the right choice to fulfill those responsibilities and [we] look forward to supporting them in the upcoming election."

Read FL Realtors PAC full endorsement >>

Gun Sense Candidate Distinction
from Moms Demand Action

Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidates are candidates who are running for office in 2020 and have demonstrated that they will govern with gun safety in mind.

SEIU Florida
Service Employees International Union, representing nurses, doctors, and airport workers.

"We believe [Samuel shares] a common vision for Florida and the nation - one in which racial justice and the ability to join together in union is central to working families having economic security, rights and a legacy for the next generation."

Read the SEIU's full endorsement >>

IUPAT District 78
Painters & Allied Trades union

"The needs of working families are top priority to the IUPAT. That’s why we are supporting Samuel Vilchez Santiago for Florida HD 48. We have confidence in his ability to be a fierce advocate for our members in Tallahassee and we look forward to working alongside him."

Orange County Firefighters Association

"[Samuel's] family ties to the labor movement provide [him] with unique perspective of our issues and concerns. We trust that [he] will be an advocate for the improvement of our member benefits and safer working conditions."

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Other Organizations Supporting Samuel

Latino Victory Fund
Democratic Progressive
Caucus of Florida
LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus
Equality Florida Action PAC
Run For Something
Young Democrats
of Orange County
Rainbow Democrats
Florida for All
Central Florida Housing & Lodging Association
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