Neal Dunn gets nod from law enforcement officials


Republican Neal Dunn racked up another slate of endorsements Wednesday, with thumbs-up from a trio of top law enforcers.

Dunn’s campaign announced recommendations from:

— Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford.

— Former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, former Bay County Sheriff and Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell.

— Former Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen.

Dunn is running for the newly redrawn and now heavily conservative 2nd Congressional District in northwest Florida. His GOP primary opponents are former federal prosecutor Ken Sukhia and state government lawyer Mary Thomas.

“I know Neal Dunn and believe Neal is a man of integrity who is committed to his community and his family,” Ford said in a statement. “Neal has been nothing but supportive of our law enforcement community, and I am proud to give him my support in his race for Florida Congressional District 2.”

Tunnell added: “The Neal Dunn I know is supportive and respectful of the responsibilities of law enforcement, and knows firsthand what it takes to serve our country. Neal Dunn has my support to serve North Florida in Congress.”

And McKeithen said, “The law enforcement community needs a strong voice in Washington that understands its important role in North Florida and in communities across our state. Neal Dunn … is the candidate we need fighting for the safety and security of our families in our nation’s capital.”

Dunn is a Panama City urological surgeon, specializing in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer, and is an Army veteran, the campaign said.

He is also on the board of directors of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development agency.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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