The Fraternal Order of Police announced on Monday endorsed Republican Mike Moore for re-election to the Pasco County Commission.
William Lawless, president of Pasco County FOP Lodge 29 Labor Unit, said it gave him “great pleasure” to endorse Moore, who is running for second term on the commission.
“We are grateful for your support of public safety. You have been a strong voice for not only law enforcement officers, but all public safety personnel in Pasco County. Your strong leadership has brought more opportunities and a more prosperous life for our members and their families. We value your professionalism and commitment to both the citizens of Pasco County and those who put their lives on the line on a daily basis to make sure Pasco is a safe place to live”
“Thank you again for your commitment to public service, public safety, and our members.”
Moore was first elected to the District 2 seat on the Pasco County Commission in 2014. He filed for re-election to another four-year term in April 2017, and has since secured endorsements from a host of state and local officials, including Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson.
Democrat Kelly Smith is currently the only candidate challenging Moore in his re-election bid. He has raised more than $185,000 for his campaign compared to about $6,000 for Smith.
“I am honored by the endorsement of Pasco County’s Fraternal Order of Police,” Moore said. “These dedicated women and men put their lives on the line each and every day to serve and protect our community and keep each of us safe and secure. I am honored to have their support and endorsement and am grateful for their service and commitment of each and every woman and man who wears the badge, and their families, who sacrifice greatly for our community.”
The election is Nov. 6.