The local lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police said Thursday it was backing Republican Mike Wells for a second term on the Pasco County Commission.
“It gives me great pleasure to give you the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, Pasco County FOP Lodge 29 Labor Unit,” said William Lawless, the president of the FOP lodge.
“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.”
The FOP announcement follows Wells’ recent endorsement from Pasco’s fire fighter union. His re-election campaign has also picked up support from Tax Collector Mike Fasano, Tarpon Springs U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Sheriff Chris Nocco, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, former House Speaker Will Weatherford and Republican Rep. Danny Burgess.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, Pasco County FOP Lodge 29 Labor Unit.,” Wells said. “The women and men of law enforcement put their lives on the line every single day to keep us, our families and our community safe and secure.
“I am grateful to them for their service and their dedication. I am also thankful for each and every family member of our law enforcement professionals. They share their family member with the community and put others ahead of themselves. I greatly appreciate their sacrifice and honor them for their service to our community.”
Wells was elected to the District 4 seat on the Pasco County Commission in 2014. He’s running against Democrat Brandi Geoit for a second term.
Wells’ seat and the District 2 seat will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.