Orlando Sentinel: Joe Biden endorses Nancy Soderberg for Congress

Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Nancy Soderberg on Monday in her race for Ron DeSantis’s seat in Congress.

“I’ve known Nancy for three decades since she first started her work in the Senate,” Biden said in a statement. “She is a lifelong public servant who has served at the highest levels of government. … She’s been tested, and she’s delivered.”

Soderberg, a former ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser under President Bill Clinton, is running as a Democrat in District 6, which includes Mount Dora and Volusia County. The seat is open because DeSantis decided to run for governor earlier this year.

“I’m supporting Nancy because she’s a problem solver and will fight for the values of the 6th District: growing the middle class, creating jobs you can raise a family on, ensuring every family has access to affordable health care and every child can get an affordable education,” Biden said. “She has the knowledge and experience to make a difference and get things done for the people of the 6th District.”

Soderberg said she was “honored to have the support of Vice President Biden, who has dedicated his life to standing up for American men, women and children.”

“I’ve known Joe for years, and his leadership and dedication to our country has inspired not only myself, but millions of others,” Soderberg said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to have him on my team in this election, and will work every day to continue fighting for the families in the Florida 6th.”

Last week, Soderberg was endorsed by the NARAL Pro-Choice America abortion group. She also has been backed by Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and state representatives Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, and Joyce Cusack, D-DeLand, as well as the pro-choice group Emily’s List, End Citizens United and Foreign Policy for America.

Soderberg faces Daytona Beach radiologist Stephen Sevigny and Ormond Beach business owner John Upchurch in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary.

Former Ormond Beach mayor and state Rep. Fred Costello, businessman John Ward and former Green Beret Michael Waltz are running in the Republican primary.

By Steven Lemongello

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