Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, according to POLITICO, is on a list of nine potential Lieutenant Governor picks being considered by Republican gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.
“The top cop in Duval County is the first and (so far) only sheriff to endorse DeSantis. If the campaign wants to emphasize law and order, the job might be for the taking for Williams. Compared to the other shortlisters, Williams has the closest personal relationship with DeSantis,” the Friday writeup asserts.
Indeed, DeSantis and Williams share a political ally (Kent Stermon), and Williams broke with most of the Republican establishment in Jacksonville and 49 sheriffs statewide, endorsing DeSantis ahead of the debate with Adam Putnam Wednesday.
“When I talk with Ron DeSantis, his view of law enforcement mirrors my own: protecting innocent citizens and holding bad actors accountable. I believe, that as Governor, Ron DeSantis will prioritize law enforcement and will be good for the citizens of Jacksonville. I am proud to offer him my support,” Williams added.
Whether DeSantis ultimately picks Williams or not is an open question, with considerations that extend beyond personal relationships into regional and demographic appeals. However, it’s interesting that the consideration is happening at a time when Williams’ re-election fundraising has slowed.
Between his campaign and committee accounts, Williams raised just $1,450 in July. This leaves Williams with roughly $440,000 on hand.
Despite a pause in fundraising, Williams is not in appreciable danger at the ballot box. His sole opponent, Democrat Tony Cummings, has $700 on hand.