Citing the need for real leaders to fight for Florida’s environment, Florida Conservation Voters has endorsed Patricia Sigman for State Senate District 9.
Florida Conservation Voters is one of the leading non-partisan voices in the state for environmental and conservation issues. They seek to educate, elect, and hold accountable elected officials for their environmental and conservation votes.
“The Florida Senate needs a leader like Patricia Sigman to fight for our springs, our neighborhood parks, and our quality of life,” said Jonathan Webber, Deputy Director, Florida Conservation Voters. “The decisions made by the Florida Legislature over the next decade will have long-lasting impacts for Seminole and Volusia County residents. I trust Patricia to push back against the lobbyists, developers, and special interests that want nothing more than to make a buck at the expense of local families and our way of life. From climate change to clean water, she will stand up for our community and make sure we grow in a smart, sustainable way that protects what’s special about living in Central Florida.”
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, as well as Senators Oscar Braynon, Linda Stewart, Perry Thurston, and Victor Torres. Patricia has also been endorsed by former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, former Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Chris King, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, former Democratic Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, former Orlando Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy and his wife Kim, the Florida AFL-CIO, Equality Florida Action PAC, EMILY’s List, Ruth’s List Florida, SEIU Florida, and Sierra Club Florida. Additionally, Patricia is endorsed by the Orlando Sentinel for the Democratic Primary and has received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate distinction.
“Here in Central Florida, preserving and protecting our environment is vital to our way of life,” declared Patricia Sigman. “Whether it is working to ensure our residents have clean water by fighting to ban fracking or ensuring that Tallahassee can’t encroach on our East of Econ rural boundary, I will always stand on the side of the people, not the powerful developers more interested in profits than potential pollution. It is an honor to be recognized as a fighter on these issues by Florida Conservation Voters and I know we will be strong partners working together in the Florida Senate.”
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.