Belleair Bluffs Republican Nick DiCeglie picked up an endorsement for his House District 66 campaign Tuesday from the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, a charter of the Florida PBA.
“The Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, Inc. is proud to endorse Mr. DiCeglie’s candidacy for State Representative, District 66,” said association president George Lofton. “Public officials are very important people to law enforcement officers, so we try to select the very best. We feel that Nick will be of the very best and we wish him a successful election.”
DiCeglie, a small-business man and current chair of the Republican Party of Pinellas County, has also been endorsed by Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, Pinellas County Clerk Ken Burke, Largo Mayor Woody Brown, Largo Commissioner Curtis Holmes and Indian Rocks Beach Commissioners Phil Hannah, Ed Hoofnagle and Nick Palomba.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the brave men and women of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association,” said DiCeglie. “Law enforcement plays an extremely important role in providing public safety to our citizens and Public Safety is one of the most important functions of government – one that I support 100 percent.”
DiCeglie faces Seminole attorney Berny Jacques in the Republican Primary for the coastal Pinellas seat currently held by Republican Rep. Larry Ahern, who is termed-out and running for Pinellas County Commission.
Democrat Alex Heeren is also vying for the seat, though the Republican nominee has the best odds of succeeding Ahern in the western Pinellas district.
HD 66 includes part of Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores. The district is safely Republican.