“We are deeply grateful to Holden for stepping forward and standing up for what he believes in. The incumbent [Francis Rooney] supports short-term business profits over the health of our environment and the citizens of the district. Holden not only believes in science, he is ready to strengthen our regulatory bodies and proactively address water quality issues, sea level rise and climate change, which are already impacting our local communities. He is a true environmental champion who will fight to protect Florida’s clean air, clean water, our climate and natural treasures and local public places.”
— John Scott, Political Committee Chair for the Calusa Group of Sierra Club Florida.
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
“Our nation needs your leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans,” wrote Max Richtman, the president and chief executive officer of the organization, in letter to Holden on Oct. 15. “You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families. You are well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and will make the preservation and enhancement of Social Security and Medicare a priority in Congress.”
— Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
National Organization for Women
NOW is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States and has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Florida chapter of NOW has approximately 6,700 members.
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
“The Alliance for Retired Americans believes that your election to the House of Representatives will enhance the quality of life for older Americans. Your positions demonstrate a strong commitment to improve the quality of life for older Americans. Your leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefit cuts ensures these programs will be around for current and future generations. In addition, our members support your candidacy because of your belief in the need to provide more affordable health care for older Americans, as well as the need for stronger retirement and pension security, and quality long-term care.”
— Bill Sauers, President of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations. The UAW has more than 400,000 active members and more than 580,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. There are more than 600 local unions in the UAW. The UAW currently has 1,150 contracts with some 1,600 employers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Florida Democratic Environmental
“David Holden embodies all of the qualities we look for in a candidate. As a congressman, he will address global climate change head-on and restore accountability to Washington. David recognizes that climate change is a chief cause of the toxic algae blooms in Southwest Florida’s waterways and will work to restore Lake Okeechobee’s southward flow. He will be a champion for clean water and environmental protections in Congress, and we are proud to endorse him.”
– Michael Newett, DECF State President
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
“David Holden’s strong environmental commitment, his awareness of the issues facing his district and his efforts for the public good make him the obvious choice to serve as the next congressman from Southwest Florida. He cares about people and the environment in which they live. Especially in the current red tide and algae crisis, he’s exactly what the district needs right now. I’m delighted to endorse him and I urge all Southwest Floridians to vote for him.”
– Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of Robert F. Kennedy, is an environmental attorney, author, and activist. He is the co-founder of Waterkeeper Alliance, the umbrella group for over 300 licensed Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates in 44 countries
“The Southwest Chapter South Florida AFL-CIO and the Florida AFL-CIO are proud to endorse David Holden for Congress in the 19th Congressional District. We’re impressed by David’s care and commitment to the needs of working families in Southwest Florida. At a time of unprecedented attacks on organized labor and pressure on incomes, living wages and the social safety net, we believe David Holden will be a strong voice for everyday Southwest Floridians, their families and their communities. David Holden has the full support of Florida’s working families.”
– Richard Jones, president of the Southwest Chapter South Florida AFL-CIO.
Moms Demand Action
“Thank you for standing with us against gun violence. Together, we look forward to showing that Gun Sense is a winning issue and gun safety is non-negotiable.”
– Chris Carr, Deputy Political Director of Moms Demand Action
“David’s background in public policy and understanding of the needs of his district make him a powerful choice for Congress. David will fight to protect natural resources in south Florida and not tire in his fight against the gun lobby. David will be a good steward and strong voice for his district’s interests in Washington.”
– Maria Urbina, National Political Director for the Indivisible Project
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
“Florida’s candidates and elected officials know that the LGBT community can be the margin of victory in their races, and that our members work hard to elect our endorsed candidates. In such a highly charged political year, our involvement has a definitive impact.”
– Terry Fleming, Caucus President
Collier Young Democrats
“The Collier County Young Democrats would like to announce our endorsement of David Holden for United States House of Representatives, Florida District 19. We support David Holden because he has demonstrated himself as a Democrat who will continue to fight for equality and who also embraces our vision of the future.
Our vision maintains that no human being is illegal and all people should be treated with dignity and respect in Southwest Florida and throughout our great nation.
We believe our country should always be a place of opportunity and dreams for all people and the role of government should always be a force of good for all Americans.
We are excited to support David Holden! We hope that he will be a member of a new wave of Democrats that will reform our party and assure that our representatives never give up fighting for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice in our country.”
“David Holden shares my values, priorities, and positions on issues. I admire his intelligence, his drive, his passion for civic engagement, and his willingness to serve. Importantly, he has, in my view, the better chance to beat the incumbent in the November General Election. As a result, he has my support and I have contributed to his campaign.”
– Sandy Parker, Writer of Sparker’s Soapbox
“LEAP Forward has endorsed David Holden for his strong positions against gun violence. David supports universal, vigorous background checks for all gun purchases; stronger funding for mental health programs; and limiting civilian access to military-grade weapons such as explosives, assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks.”
– Charles Yeganian, President of LEAP Forward