In Memoriam: April Freeman

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April Freeman, Democratic candidate in Florida’s 17th Congressional District, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 23rd. She was 54.

April was passionate about equality, from ending discrimination to ensuring equal pay for equal work. She believed in supporting all Americans, in creating economic opportunity, in leaving the country and the world a better place for the generations to follow.

Growing up, April had the importance of public service instilled in her by her aunt and her great-grandfather. The oldest daughter in a working family, she internalized the value of hard work and determination.

She met her husband, David, in high school, then studied Communications at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. April worked in film and television production, specializing in development, finance, and brand licensing. She combined her skill in communications and public relations with her commitment to helping others in numerous ways, first working on political and public service campaigns in Michigan, then working on everything from get out the vote campaigns to supporting local politicians to ultimately running for office herself.

April won her primary election handily, defeating her Democratic opponent 78% to 22%, and was ready to take on Republican Greg Stuebe in the general election to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Tom Rooney, who announced in February that he would not seek re-election.

April leaves behind her husband, two daughters, and two grandchildren.

Our hearts go out to her family, friends, and all of her supporters in Florida. Thank you, April, for your dedication to your community, your state, and your country.

dahna goldstein