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Everglades Trust Announces Florida Congressional Endorsements for 2022 General Election

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Everglades Trust (Trust) today announced its endorsements of Florida congressional candidates for the 2022 general election.

“The Trust is pleased to announce that it has endorsed eight Florida congressional candidates during the 2022 general election,” said Anna Upton, CEO of the Trust. “The Trust believes these congressional candidates have either demonstrated or shown a commitment to the restoration and preservation of America’s Everglades, one that we hope they will continue if elected to serve in Congress in November.”

The congressional candidates endorsed by the Trust include:

Florida Congressional District 4: Aaron Bean
Florida Congressional District 9: Congressman Darren Soto
Florida Congressional District 15: Laurel Lee
Florida Congressional District 21: Congressman Brian Mast
Florida Congressional District 23: Jared Moskowitz
Florida Congressional District 25: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Florida Congressional District 26: Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart
Florida Congressional District 27: Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar

In reaction to the endorsement, the congressional candidates stated the following:

Aaron Bean said: “Thank you to the Everglades Trust for endorsing me. Florida’s environment is one of a kind. This is especially true when it comes to the Everglades, which is home to plants and animals that can’t be found elsewhere. It’s also a critical part of Florida’s economy, underscoring why it is so important that we protect it now and for future generations.”

Congressman Darren Soto said: “I have worked tirelessly to protect our River of Grass, especially the Northern Everglades region in our district. From supporting record Everglades funding to restoring the Kissimmee River and Chain of Lakes, we will continue to advocate to protect this national treasure. I am humbled by this endorsement, as a continuing recognition of our great work together!”

Laurel Lee said: “Florida’s environment and waterways are precious and unique. They are also a powerful economic engine in our tourism-driven economy, and it’s vital that we work to protect this treasure. I am grateful to have the endorsement of the Everglades Trust, and in Congress, I will be an advocate for our distinctive environment.”

Congressman Brian Mast said: “Fixing the crisis caused by decades of abuse of Florida’s waterways must be a top priority of any politician looking to represent Florida’s people. Anything less simply won’t be enough to overcome the entrenched special interests that put profit ahead of public health. That’s why I’ve made sending the water south and stopping toxic discharges my top priorities from day one, and I’m proud to continue working with the Everglades Trust to get the job done.”

Jared Moskowitz said: “I’m thankful to be supported by the Everglades Trust as we work to protect Florida’s important natural resources. Protecting the Everglades is key to securing our state’s sustainable future, and I look forward to working on this essential priority in Congress.”

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said: “I am thrilled by the tremendous momentum we have built to protect and restore Florida’s prized Everglades. From helping secure $1.1 billion in federal infrastructure funds, to marshalling record annual congressional funding in recent years, it is an honor to be recognized for this work by such an incredible ally in this shared mission. I will continue to do all I can to protect this global and national treasure as we work together on the next phases of this critical effort.”

Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart said: “The Everglades is a national treasure and utterly vital to Florida’s economy and ecosystem. As a member of the Everglades Caucus in Congress, restoration and conservation efforts have been and will remain a top priority of mine, and I am beyond grateful to receive an endorsement from the Everglades Trust.”

Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar said: “Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked hard to improve Miami’s resilience, water infrastructure, and marine life. The Everglades is the crown jewel of Florida, and it must be protected, which I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Everglades Trust. I look forward to continue working together to protect Florida’s most important natural asset.”

Founded in 1994, the Trust’s mission is to advocate for the restoration and protection of America’s Everglades using sound science and research. To learn more, visit evergladestrust.org, like @evergladestrust on Facebook and follow @evtrust on Twitter.

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