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SAVE Action PAC endorses David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, for re-election to Florida House

Probably the first major endorsement of the 2014 election cycle: SAVE Action PAC supports state Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, for re-election.

Richardson became Florida's first openly gay lawmaker when he was first elected without Republican opposition in 2012.

Here's SAVE Action PAC's announcement:

SAVE Action PAC Announces Endorsement of State Representative David Richardson in 2014 Election for Florida's 113th State House District

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In its first major move of the 2014 election cycle, SAVE Action PAC announced its endorsement of Florida's first elected openly gay state legislator, State Representative David Richardson of Florida's 113th House District.

"Representative Richardson exceeded all expectations after his historic election in 2012. He has served in Tallahassee admirably on behalf of not only the 113th District but also the greater South Florida LGBT community," said SAVE board chairman, Christian Ulvert.

"David has been a shining light for equality in the legislature and has been a breath of fresh air in our state capital," added SAVE Executive Director, Tony Lima.

As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Richardson fought to provide state funding to tackle the problem of homelessness among LGBT youth. He also spearheaded changes that have added protections for LGBT children and teenagers in the state foster care system.

"I am humbled and honored by the outpouring of support from the community, but especially from SAVE and the South Florida LGBT community.  I look forward to continuing my work with SAVE so together we can achieve full equality in all aspects of our lives in the State of Florida," said Richardson, in response to SAVE's announcement.

SAVE Action PAC's endorsement of David Richardson is the first of what is sure to be many to be issued by the organization on behalf of pro-equality candidates during the 2014 election season. SAVE plans to kick off its campaign efforts in an all-inclusive volunteer canvass event on Saturday, March 29th. An army of volunteers will come together in South Dade to engage the community on LGBT issues and demonstrate the public's commitment to equality.

For more information on SAVE's 2014 campaign kickoff, or to find out how to donate or volunteer, find SAVE online at savedade.org/2014.

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