PARKLAND, FL – Today, Stand with Parkland, the National Association of Families for Safe Schools, announced its support for candidates running for local, statewide and federally elected office in the State of Florida. The advocacy organization was founded by all 17 families of the victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and is dedicated to making schools safe for students and teachers across the country. Following is an official statement from Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto.

"Violence in our schools affects everyone. It is an American epidemic, and it is time that we all come together to do something about it. This is why we are committed to supporting policymakers, regardless of their political affiliation, who are dedicated to making our schools safer.

"We are proud to endorse these candidates because we believe each of them is willing to do the hard work and make the difficult decisions necessary to implement public safety reforms that will improve the safety of our children and staff at schools, improve mental health support and promote responsible firearms ownership.

"As the families of the victims in Parkland, we look forward to working together with these and other policymakers on the state and federal levels to prevent tragedies like ours from happening in the future.”

Endorsed candidates include:

  • Sean Shaw, Florida Attorney General
  • Stephanie Murphy, U.S. House of Representatives, 7th Congressional District
  • Ted Deutch, U.S. House of Representatives, 22nd Congressional District
  • Bobbi Osborne, Florida House of Representatives, District 3
  • Anna Eskamani, Florida House of Representatives, District 47
  • Seeta Durjan Begui, Florida House of Representatives, District 52
  • Phil Moore, Florida House of Representatives, District 53
  • Nicole Haagenson, Florida House of Representatives, District 54
  • Alanis Elizabeth Garcia, Florida House of Representatives, District 77
  • Dotie Joseph, Florida House of Representatives, District 108
  • Nicholas Xaviar Duran, Florida House of Representatives, District 112
  • Janet Cruz, Florida Senate, District 18
  • Annette Taddeo, Florida Senate, District 40

Stand with Parkland is a national organization representing American families. We are committed to advocating for practical public safety reforms focused on the safety of our children and staff at school, improved mental health support, and responsible firearms ownership. Personal responsibility and a desire for change are paramount to this effort, and it is the people involved at all levels that will make these goals a reality. Violence in our schools affects everyone. It is an American epidemic, and it is time that we all come together to do something about it.

Stand with Parkland’s families are committed to safe schools for our nation’s students and staff members and to achieving concrete results at the federal, state, and local level. More information is available at www.standwithparkland.org.