Police, fire unions issue local endorsements
Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat
July 9, 2018
The Big Bend Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association and the Tallahassee Professional Fire Fighters announced the candidates they're endorsing in the August primary.
It turns out both organizations are backing the same candidates. And while the groups conducted separate candidate screenings, they announced them together in a joint press release Monday.
The unions endorsed County Commissioner John Dailey for mayor, Bob Lotane for City Commission Seat 5, Lisa Brown for City Commission Seat 3, Rick Minor for County Commission District 3 and Jasmine Ali-Mohammed for County Commission District 1.
The PBA also endorsed David Frank for circuit judge and Monique Richardson for county judge. The firefighters union endorsed Frank as well.
"These candidates have shown an understanding of the important and unique issues facing local law enforcement officers," said Steve Slade, president of the Big Bend PBA. "We ask that voters consider this when making their choices at the polls on Aug. 28."
Only one of the seats in question, County Commission District 1, has an incumbent, Commissioner Bill Proctor, vying for re-election.
The Big Bend PBA represents nearly 500 law enforcement officers from Gulf to Madison counties. The firefighters association represents 240 members.
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