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Family members of five people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre have endorsed Jared Moskowitz for Congress.
Moskowitz, a Stoneman Douglas graduate, was a state representative from northwest Broward at the time of the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre, which killed 17 people and injured 17 others.
His emotional floor speech in the state House of Representatives helped win passage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which raised the age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21, created a statewide waiting period for long-gun sales and made it easier for law enforcement to seize weapons from people suspected of being dangerous.
It also earned him an F-minus rating from the National Rifle Association — a grade which Moskowitz has said meant he was doing the right thing.
Endorsing Moskowitz Thursday were Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa was killed during the massacre; Debbi Hixon, whose husband Chris was a victim; Tony Montalto, father of Gina; and Max Schachter, father of Alex.
On Monday, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed by the shooter, endorsed Moskowitz.
Each of the five have become active in different ways, in government and politics and for school safety efforts. Alhadeff and Hixon have both been elected to the Broward School Board.
Moskowitz, a Democrat currently serving as an appointed Broward County commissioner, is running for the Broward-Palm Beach county congressional district that’s open because U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch decided not to run again.