For nearly 15 years, Eunic Ortiz has advocated for communities through her work in local government and advocacy. As a political organizer, she fights for workers’ rights, affordable health care, LGBTQ+ equality, fully-funded public education, robust environmental protections, criminal justice reform, and protecting Floridians’ right to vote.
Eunic was born in Central Florida and raised in Pinellas County by educators who served in our country’s military. As a lesbian, Eunic has spent much of her career fighting for LGBTQ+ rights having founded the Gay Straight Alliance as a student at Tarpon Springs high and establishing a scholarship program that helped low-income LGBTQ+ youth better afford the cost of a college education.
Eunic currently serves on the Tampa Bay Workforce Development Committee, working alongside regional and business leaders to develop and execute a plan addressing Tampa Bay’s growing need for diverse workforce opportunities. During the 2020 elections, Eunic led a team to help pass Amendment 2 - the ballot initiative in Florida that raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour. When elected, Eunic would be the only Hispanic elected official in Pinellas County and the first openly lesbian state senator in Florida’s history.