Obama endorses Margaret Good in state House District 72 race

Former president backs Siesta Key attorney’s re-election campaign for Florida Legislature

By Zac Anderson
Political Editor

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the race for a state House seat covering much of northern Sarasota County.

Obama endorsed Democratic state Rep. Margaret Good on Monday. Good, a Siesta Key attorney, is seeking re-election against Republican Ray Pilon, a former state representative from Sarasota who once held Good’s seat.

“Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something,” Obama said in a tweet.

Good pointed to Obama’s statement in describing how she has approached public service.

“People are looking for people who stand for something, who are working for something and … since I’ve been in the Legislature I’ve been working for public education, for the environment, for our local economy and people recognize that, including — apparently — President Obama,” Good said.

Pilon said the endorsement is a sign that Good “is not a moderate and cares more about the left’s ideology than doing what is right for the citizens of Sarasota.”

Good is among 20 Florida candidates Obama included in his second round of endorsements in the 2018 election cycle. Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and five Democrats running for Congress also were on the list, but not Siesta Key attorney David Shapiro, who is trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan.

Good was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden when she won a special election in February for the state House District 72 race. Biden recorded robocalls touting Good that went out to voters in District 72. It’s unclear if Obama will make similar efforts to help Good’s campaign.

“We’re still working out the details,” Good said.