Darren Soto Receives Fire Fighters’ Endorsement
For Immediate Release: January 6, 2016
Contact: Christine Biron, [email protected], 321-276-5412
Orlando – State Sen. Darren Soto received an endorsement for Congress today from the International Association of Fire Fighters. With over 300,000 members, the IAFF brings loads of support both at the voting booth and financially. The fire fighters have successfully backed Darren Soto in his past five elections.
Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, said, "As fire fighters, we know what it means to be a problem solver, to be smart in a crisis. That's Darren Soto. Darren is a leader we can count on to fight for our fire fighters and paramedics and stand up for public safety. We're looking forward to seeing him in action in Congress and we're proud to support him."
Darren Soto has stood with fire fighters while serving in the Florida Legislature and will continue to support them in Congress.
"I am honored to have the support of the fire fighters again. Throughout the years, we have worked hard together to protect the public. Now I hope to take our fight to Congress where I can continue to fight for our brave fire fighters and give them the tools they need to keep us safe,” stated Darren Soto.
Senator Soto has represented much of Florida’s 9th Congressional district during his eight years as a Florida legislator. During that time, Soto successfully led a fight to pass the “John Curry Firefighter Death Benefit Act” to provide benefits to families of fallen firefighters who were killed in mandatory training.
While in Congress, Soto will support grant programs that help underfunded fire departments maintain safe staffing levels, purchase protective equipment and provide needed training. Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistant to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grants programs help firefighters protect the public.
Soto’s endorsement by the fire fighters is joined by those who have previously endorsed him for Congress: Congressmen Tony Cárdenas, Xavier Becerra, Luis Gutiérrez, Ruben Gallego, Pedro Pierluisi, BOLD PAC, and the Latino Victory Fund.
Darren Soto is leading in the polls by 19% and led Q3 fundraising by bringing in over $175,000.