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Carmine Marceno endorses Mike Giallombardo

House candidate continues to build local endorsements.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno endorsed Cape Coral Republican Mike Giallombardo for an open House seat.

“I’m proud to endorse Mike Giallombardo for State Representative,” Marceno said in a statement. “His military service on the battlefield, his experience as a business leader, and his commitment to conservative principles absolutely qualify him as the best person for this position. Not only does Mike have my full support, he also has my eternal gratitude for his service to our country.”

Giallombardo, a National Guard member recently assigned to COVID-19 testing sites in South Florida, faces former Marine Bryan Blackwell in the Republican primary. Democrat Josh Lopez is also running.

The Republican contest remains one of the hottest in Southwest Florida, with Blackwell, chair of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, rallying support within the business network and Giallombardo building a roster of high-profile endorsements. That includes outgoing Rep. Dane Eagle, who won in District 77 with more than 64% of the vote over Democrat Alanis Garcia in 2018.

Marceno, who is running for his first full term since being appointed to office by then-Gov. Rick Scott, is now Giallombardo’s latest backer.

“I’m honored to have earned the trust and support of Sheriff Marceno. He works tirelessly to keep Lee County safe and has done a tremendous job, especially with school safety and getting drug dealers off our streets.” Giallombardo said.

“We share a passion and commitment for public safety and if I am blessed with the opportunity to serve in the Florida House, I will always fight to ensure our law enforcement officers have the tools they need to keep our communities safe.”

Giallombardo’s campaign also boasts in its endorsements the backing of former Rep. Gary Aubuchon, former Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello and former Cape Coral Mayor Eric Feichthaler.

Written By

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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