The Florida Leadership Council (FLC) is throwing its collective weight behind Democratic community leader, lawyer and entrepreneur Ashley Gantt’s bid to represent north-central Miami-Dade County in House District 109.
The group’s members include Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich, former U.S. Rep. Larry Smith, former Attorney General Bob Butterworth, former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, former Florida House Speaker John Mills, former state Sens. Paula Dockery and Bud Gardner and former state Reps. Sam Bell, Fred Lippman, Juan-Carlos Planas and Sean Shaw.
Butterworth, who serves as chair of the FLC Political Committee, said Gantt “will bring compassion, integrity, and needed leadership to our state Legislature.”
“Ashley Gantt is a fresh and needed voice of reason in our politics today,” he said in a statement. “We are confident she will best represent the interests of not only Miami-Dade County, but our entire Sunshine State — including fighting for education, public safety, private enterprise, personal freedom, racial equality, and a sustainable environment.”
He added, “Ashely Gantt is tested, prepared and will always put Floridians first.”