JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Following Tuesday's campaign announcement, U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, who represents Missouri’s 5th Congressional District and served as the 22nd Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has endorsed Alvin Brown’s campaign for Congress:

Statement from U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II: “Alvin Brown has been my friend for more than two decades. However, I am not just supporting him for the 5th District seat in the US House of Representatives out of our friendship. I have extraordinary respect for Alvin Brown – as a leader, a family man and as a man of outstanding character. Alvin is a leader. To be sure, his style of leadership is thoughtful but direct. He will not spend valuable time in fault finding but fault fixing. The people of Florida will never regret sending Alvin Brown to The House.”

Statement from Mayor Alvin Brown: “I am humbled and honored to receive Congressman Cleaver’s endorsement as I’ve known the Congressman for many years and greatly admire what he’s been able to accomplish for the people of his district, and for African Americans across the country. I look forward to working with him to increase wages and put more money in Americans’ pockets, to ensure every child has access to a quality education, and to make affordable healthcare a reality for every Floridian.”