Police chiefs back Adam Putnam
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Republican gubernatorial candidate and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continued his almost clean sweep of state law enforcement endorsements Thursday with the announced backing of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.

That endorsement adds to Putnam’s list that already includes the Florida Fraternal Order of Police, the Florida Police Benevolent Association and more than 40 county sheriffs, along with his endorsement from the Florida Professional Firefighters.

“It’s clear that Adam Putnam cares about the needs of law enforcement and is ready to provide the support needed to keep Floridians safe,” Amy Mercer, executive director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, stated in a news release issued by Putnam’s campaign. “He is the only gubernatorial candidate who reached out to the FPCA to learn about the most pressing public safety issues that concern Florida’s police chiefs. We look forward to working with Adam Putnam as Governor to enhance public safety for the residents of Florida and its many visitors.”

Putnam faces U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the Aug. 28 Republican gubernatorial primary. The winner gets the winner from among the Democratic candidates: Chris King, Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, or Philip Levine.

The Florida Police Chiefs Association has more than 900 top law enforcement executives.

“Public safety is job number one. I am honored to have the support of the Florida Police Chiefs Association,” Putnam stated in the release. “Government’s highest responsibility is to protect our citizens. As your governor, I’ll work with our police to keep our communities safe and secure. We must continue Florida’s 47-year decline in crime and that doesn’t happen without the brave men and women who put on the uniform every day. I will fight for our law enforcement officers and that is why they are supporting me to be Florida’s next governor.”

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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