Former Florida Education Commissioner Betty Castor today has endorsed Patricia Sigman for Senate District 9.
“Our children, parents, and education professionals deserve elected officials committed to ensuring they have the resources and support they need to succeed,” stated former Florida Education Commissioner Betty Castor. “Patricia Sigman has my endorsement for Senate District 9 because she understands that putting our public schools first is essential to ensuring a brighter future for all Floridians.”
Since announcing her campaign for Senate District 9, Patricia Sigman has generated incredible momentum for her campaign with over $115,000 raised in her first month as a candidate, the endorsement of Senate Democratic Leader Designate Gary Farmer and the support of Senate Victory, and the endorsements of former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Democratic Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, and Ruth’s List Florida.
“Throughout her life of public service, Commissioner Betty Castor has improved the lives of countless children and families in our state,” declared Patricia Sigman. “Having Commissioner Castor’s support is an incredible endorsement of the values of the campaign we are building to unite for change on behalf of the people of District 9 and I am thrilled to welcome her to our team!”
An open seat due to term limits, State Senate District 9 encompasses all of Seminole County and a portion of western Volusia County. As the fastest changing red-to-blue State Senate district in Florida, Democratic performance increased at the top of the ticket by five points from the 2016 to 2018 election. Senate Victory sees this district as poised to flip and is committed to Patricia’s election in 2020.
Patricia Sigman is a Board Certified Labor and Employment attorney, a Certified Mediator, a community volunteer, a small-business owner, a voting-rights advocate, and a mother. Patricia grew up in Florida, and received her BA from UCLA before returning to Florida to earn her JD from Stetson University College of Law, where she graduated #1 in her law school class. Over 26 years ago, Patricia started a small business in Seminole County, Sigman & Sigman PA, with her husband Phil, who was born and raised here in Central Florida. Patricia has fought against some of the most powerful interests in Florida on behalf of whistleblowers who were fired for doing the right thing, victims of sexual harassment, workers fired due to their age, race, or sex, and employees whose big employers who refused to pay what they promised. Patricia has also helped small businesses facing legal battles. She has been named Orlando Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” and “Lawyer of the Year” for Individuals in Employment Law in Orlando Magazine. A community volunteer, Patricia served as President of the Lake Mary High School Band Boosters Association, and she has led the Florida Democratic Party’s voter protection efforts in Seminole County for 15 years. Patricia lives in Longwood with her husband of 30 years, Phil Sigman. Patricia and Phil have lived in their Longwood home for over 20 years and have three adult children who were all educated in the local Seminole County Public Schools.