After graduation Joe began his work with Equality Florida a statewide organization dedicated to educating and advocating for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. For the last ten years Joe has built and led bipartisan coalitions that have fought for laws that now create or enhance non-discrimination protections for over 1.5 million people in Central Florida. He’s a proud resident of District 49 and respected leader in issue-based advocacy, local policy, Florida democratic and progressive politics and arts education. Joe has held leadership roles with the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee, Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, the Osceola Arts for a Complete Education Coalition, numerous non-profits in the Metro Orlando area and has been a regular contributor to the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, FOX 35, Channel 13 News, WESH Channel 2, Local 6, and WMFE NPR.
NewsSaturday, September 22, 2012 12:11 PM
Orlando, FL - The morning after the first fundraising reports of the General Election have been filed, Democrat Joe Saunders has once again demonstrated the incredible grassroots momentum for his candidacy. Hundreds of donors from east Orange County and across the state contributed $42,400 to the Saunders campaign in just four weeks making Saunders the top raising Democratic house candidate this quarter and the third-highest raising house candidate in Central Florida.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:22 PM
DEMOCRATIC HD 49 CANDIDATE JOE SAUNDERS APPLAUDS COURT RULING AGAINST COLLEGE TUITION DISCRIMINATION
Orlando, FL – Late Tuesday, a federal judge in Miami ruled against the state on the constitutionality of regulations that penalize the American born children of undocumented immigrants when establishing tuition rates at state colleges and universities. The ruling said such regulations violate equal protection rights of American citizens and legal Florida residents who seek in-state tuition rates to further their education. For years, Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation aimed at correcting this inequality, but have repeatedly had their efforts blocked by a Republican majority.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 5:36 PM
DEMOCRATIC HD 49 CANDIDATE JOE SAUNDERS CALLS DEFENSE OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY
Orlando, FL – Yesterday, a Federal judge in Tallahassee permanently threw out provisions of a 2011 omnibus election reform bill which implemented several new restrictions on voter registration groups statewide. The decision came after Judge Robert L. Hinkel called the restrictions “harsh and impractical” in May. As a result of this unconstitutional attempt at voter suppression which has already had a disproportionate effect on young voters and minority voters, new Democratic voter registration in the state has already dropped by a staggering 248,529 voters when compared with the same 13 month period beginning July 1 the year before the 2008 Presidential election based on a recent Jacksonville Times Union Analysis.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:46 AM
Orlando, FL - After nearly six months of talking with voters in Florida House District 49, the campaign to elect Joe Saunders is proud to announce a decisive victory in the August 14th Primary. FL HD-49 is widely considered to be a Democratic seat and has a strong record of Democratic registration and performance. The final results for the race with 100% of precincts reporting showed Joe Saunders carrying 65.05% of the vote.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 1:14 PM
Orlando, FL - The Joe Saunders campaign continues to secure impressive endorsements as the August 14th primary approaches. Today, Orange County School Board Vice-Chair Daryl Flynn has thrown her support behind Saunders in his bid to represent House District 49 in the Florida legislature.