Former Orlando Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy has today endorsed Patricia Sigman for State Senate District 9.
Throughout his career, Stan Van Gundy has been an outspoken proponent of justice and equality for all Americans. While Stan coached at the NBA level, his wife Kim was a founding member of the Miami Heat Family Foundation, the Orlando Magic Backcourt, and the Pistons with a Purpose philanthropic foundations, raising millions of dollars for community service organizations in those communities. Kim and Stan Van Gundy make their home in Seminole County in District 9.
“These last few weeks, we have seen Americans across the political spectrum demand leadership that ensures justice and equality for everyone,” declared former Orlando Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. “Patricia Sigman has dedicated her career to helping those who have been discriminated against, brave individuals who stood up to power when they saw wrongdoing, and to protect the right to vote of those in our community. Kim and I could not be more proud to be on her team and will do all we can to ensure she is our next State Senator in District 9.”
Since announcing her campaign for Senate District 9, Patricia Sigman has generated incredible momentum for her campaign with strong and steady fundraising, the endorsement of Senate Democratic Leader Designate Gary Farmer and the support of Senate Victory, and the endorsements of former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, former Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Chris King, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Democratic Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, Equality Florida Action PAC, and Ruth’s List Florida.
“Kim and Stan Van Gundry are incredible philanthropists and voices for justice in our community,” stated Patricia Sigman. “As our country calls out for reforms, they are examples of the fact that speaking up and putting your values into action can drive real change in our communities. I am honored to call them friends and to work with them as we seek to reform a broken system that has denied justice to far too many for far too long.”
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.