David Richardson is getting a boost from the National Education Association, the first major national union to endorse in the competitive Democratic primary for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's seat. The United Teachers of Dade and Florida Education Association are also behind Richardson's candidacy as he runs to the left of former University of Miami president Donna Shalala.
"Throughout his six years in the State Legislature, Representative Richardson has championed traditional public schools, working to ensure our students have the resources they need to succeed," FEA president Joanne McCall said. "He has steadfastly supported teachers, education staff professionals, and protected our pensions along with those of other public employees. David has been an unwavering friend of public school staff and our efforts to unionize and collectively bargain under Florida's harsh Right-to-Work Laws. Especially after the Janus decision, we need a fighter like David representing us in Congress, and the FEA was proud to recommend him and support his NEA endorsement."
Richardson, a state representative, is running in a five-way primary for a Miami-based congressional seat that national Democrats see as a prime pickup opportunity in November. Richardson, Shalala and former Knight Foundation director Matt Haggman have all raised over $1 million in the Democratic primary, more than double the money of the top Republican running for the seat.