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Pasco fire fighters back Mike Wells for re-election

Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells picked up and endorsement for his re-election bid Friday from the Pasco County Professional Fire Fighters.

“The Executive Board for Pasco County Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 4420, has voted unanimously to endorse your candidacy for Pasco County Board of County Commissioners, District 4,” group VP Joe Russo said in a statement to Wells.

“We will be in contact with you to see what sort of assistance you need during campaigning and on Election Day. It is our goal to help you achieve victory in this election and to continue working with you in the future.”

The fire fighter endorsement adds to Well’s long list of backers in his re-election bid. Prior endorsements include Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, county Sheriff Chris Nocco, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, former House Speaker Will Weatherford and Republican Rep. Danny Burgess.

“I am honored to have the support and endorsement of the Pasco County Professional Fire Fighters, Local 4420,” Wells said. “These brave women and men work tirelessly and endure great sacrifice to protect our lives and property here in Pasco County.

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“I am thankful for their willingness to serve our community and am grateful for their endorsement. I’m committed to continuing to make sure these brave women and men have the resources they need to keep our families and our community safe.”

Wells, a Republican, was elected to the commission in 2014 and is running for his second term this year. He currently faces Democrat Brandi Geoit in the District 4 race. Republican Ryan Boney was running earlier in the cycle, but he exited the race and filed for House District 115.

Also set to appear on the 2018 ballot is the District 2 commission seat, where incumbent Republican Mike Moore will face Democrat Kelly Smith.

The election is Nov. 6.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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