Scott Sturgill grabs two sheriffs’ endorsements in CD 7 race

Scott Sturgill

Republican congressional candidate Scott Sturgill has earned the endorsements of Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma and former Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary in Sturgill’s quest for the nomination to run in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.

“Scott has consistently stood with law enforcement and first responders. He exemplifies the type of leadership we need in Washington for Central Florida,” Lemma said in a news release issued by Sturgill’s campaign.

Sturgill, a Sanford businessman, faces state Rep. Mike Miller of Winter Park in seeking the Republican primary nomination to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park. Among other items, Sturgill’s company Durable Safety Products produces safety equipment for first responders.

“Scott Sturgill is the kind of new blood we need in Washington D.C., said Beary, Orange County sheriff from 1993-2009. “We need leaders who are going to work with President [Donald] Trump for the American people on jobs, immigration, health care, law enforcement, and homeland security. I especially like his stance that a congressman deserves the same health care that you and I get.”

CD 7 covers Seminole County and north and central Orange County.


Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


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