Member of the College Football Hall of Fame and America First Republican Lou Holtz endorsed the Republican Vennia Francois in the house of district 45.
Holtz, a resident of Lake Nona in Orlando, is a former NCAA and NFL football coach and commentator on CBS and ESPN. He was also active in Republican politics for decades. He is president of America First Policy Institute Center for 1776.
François is a commercial transactions lawyer and a former employee of Sens. George LeMieux and Mel MartinezRep. John Micaand the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
She’s in a high-stakes battle for HD 45, a district spanning the Walt Disney World region of southwest Orange County and northwest Osceola County.
“I’m so excited to have someone of the caliber of Vennia Francis running for state representative,” Holtz said in a press release issued by Francis’ campaign. “There is no doubt in my mind that she believes in the power of the American dream and is committed to governing according to the constitutional principles that have made this nation great.”
Francis ran for Congress twice, losing a Republican primary in 2018 and in a general election in 2020.
“I couldn’t be more honored to have Coach Holtz’s endorsement and support,” Francois said in the press release. “He is a living legend who loves America and believes in American exceptionalism. His work at the AFPI Center for 1776 “aims to promulgate American values in our educational institutions.” I salute their work.
Among the other Republicans running in HD 45 are Caroline Amesty, Janet Frevola, Bruno Portigliatti and mike zhao.
HD 45 includes Walt Disney World, Windermere, part of Winter Garden, Champions Gate, Reunion and part of the Four Corners area. In the last two general elections, the precincts that now make up the HD 45 voted Democratic, albeit by narrow margins.
Allie Braswell is the only Democrat filed there so far.