St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns scored a significant endorsement Wednesday, from St. Johns Sheriff David Shoar, in the crowded GOP primary in Florida’s Sixth Congressional District.
Shoar cited Johns’ “track record of supporting our public safety officers. He has done so on the St. Johns County Commission and will do so in Washington.”
Shoar pivoted from that track record to asserting that Johns was “someone that understands what it takes to keep our country safe, not only at home but at our border.”
Johns said it was “always humbling when such a highly respected law enforcement officer steps up to endorse.”
Shoar, said Johns, “has been on the front lines and knows what it takes to keep us safe. I will rely on him and the public safety communities to make sure that the laws passed in Washington protect citizens against murderous foreign gangs and solving the nation’s opioid crisis. We need to listen to those tasked with protecting us for solutions to these issues.”
The GOP field in the district, one that runs from St. Johns County south to Volusia, has a number of candidates already, including former Ormond Beach state Rep. Fred Costello, businessman John Ward, and former Green Beret and current Fox News commentator Michael Waltz.
One of these Republicans will emerge from the primary to face likely Democratic nominee Ambassador Nancy Soderberg in the general election.