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10 Orange County mayors backing John Mina in Sheriff race

Mina picks up bipartisan collection of Orange County city mayors’ endorsements

Ten Orange County mayors plus one in neighboring Osceola County are backing Sheriff John Mina‘s reelection bid, the group announced Monday.

Mina is running in a crowded August 18 Democratic primary. His latest round of endorsements include include Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer,  Edgewood Mayor John Dowless, Belle Isle Mayor Nick Fouraker, Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson, Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary, Maitland Mayor Dale McDonald, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, Winter Garden Mayor John Rees, and Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark.

Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez also gave Mina his endorsement, via Osceola.

Mina is seeking a full term after being elected in 2018 to complete an unexpired term started by Demings, who won election as Orange County Mayor that year.

In the Democratic primary, Mina is facing two of his opponents from the 2018 election, Retired Florida Highway Patrol Chief Joe Lopez, and newly-filed Darryl Sheppard, plus former Eatonville Police Chief Eric McIntyre, and lawyer Andrew Darling.

The winner of the primary is likely to easily win in the November election. But there will be a November election, even though there is no Republican running. Two write-in candidates filed to assure that Mina or one of the other Democrats won’t celebrate until November.

Among the mayors who endorsed Mina, Demings, Dyer, and Alvarez are Democrats, while the others all are Republicans.

The only Orange County municipalities not represented on the endorsement list are Eatonville, Windermere, and the Walt Disney World-controlled cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. When he ran in 2018, Mina swept all but the Disney-city mayor endorsements, picking up  the endorsements from the Windermere and Eatonville mayors along with the others.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the support of these great leaders who have been allies as we work together to improve and strengthen our community,” Mina stated in a news release issued by his campaign. “I look forward to continuing to work with them as we make our region a safer and more inclusive place to live, work and raise a family,” Sheriff Mina continued.

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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 scott@floridapolitics.com.

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