Billy Woods: Nobody works harder, cares more about keeping your family and our community safe than Rick Scott

The American Dream is alive and well in Florida, and we have the Governor and Sen. Scott to thank for that.

As Sheriff of Marion County, it’s my duty to uphold the law and ensure the safety and security of our community. In my years of service, I’ve come to appreciate leaders who prioritize public safety and work tirelessly to make our neighborhoods safer. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Sen. Rick Scott for re-election to the United States Senate.

Sen. Scott has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to supporting law enforcement and keeping our communities safe. He understands the challenges we face on the ground and has been a staunch advocate for providing law enforcement agencies with the resources they need to effectively combat crime. Whether it’s securing funding for critical law enforcement programs or championing policies that enhance public safety, Sen. Scott has been a reliable ally for law enforcement officers across Florida.

Marion County families can rest assured that Rick Scott will work hard to keep your family and our community safe. He cares and shows it by being there any time we need him.

One of the issues that Sen. Scott has been particularly passionate about is combating the opioid epidemic. As Sheriff, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact that opioid addiction can have on individuals, families, and communities. Sen. Scott has been at the forefront of efforts to address this crisis, working to increase access to treatment and support services, crack down on illegal opioid trafficking, and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role in fueling the epidemic.

Sen. Scott’s commitment to law and order extends beyond just addressing crime and public safety issues. He understands the importance of supporting policies that strengthen our criminal justice system and ensure that it operates fairly and effectively. Whether it’s advocating for reforms to reduce recidivism rates, improve re-entry programs, or enhance resources for crime victims, Sen. Scott has been a leader in advancing sensible and pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing our criminal justice system. He walks the walk.

In addition to his record on public safety and criminal justice issues, Senator Scott has also been a strong voice for economic growth and job creation in Florida. He understands that a thriving economy is essential for building safer and stronger communities, and he has worked tirelessly to promote policies that spur economic development, attract investment, and create opportunities for all Floridians.

The American Dream is alive and well in Florida, and we have the Governor and Sen. Scott to thank for that.

As we look ahead to the upcoming election, I believe that Sen. Rick Scott is the right choice to continue representing the interests of Floridians in the United States Senate. His proven leadership, unwavering dedication to public safety, and commitment to delivering results make him the clear choice for voters who want a strong and effective advocate fighting for them in Washington.

I urge my fellow Floridians to join me in supporting Sen. Rick Scott for re-election. Together, we can ensure that our state continues to move forward and that our communities remain safe, secure, and prosperous for generations to come.


Billy Woods is the Sheriff of Marion County.

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  • rick whitaker

    May 15, 2024 at 5:59 pm

    billy woods, you just repeatedly lied to me in your article. i know rick scott to be a POS and you said he isn’t.


    • Ocean Joe

      May 15, 2024 at 6:33 pm

      You are too kind to both of them.


  • Tom

    May 15, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    Again with sheriffs and people in positions of authority making partisan, political endorsements in public (dressed in his uniform I’d guess). How is this even allowed? That having been said, nobody pays attention to speed limits so maybe nobody cares what he thinks. I don’t.


    • Ocean Joe

      May 15, 2024 at 6:32 pm

      Unfortunately the sheriff races are partisan. If you’re the sheriff in rural or red Florida, you’ll be a Republican, you’ll be in the tank for all the other Republican office holders no matter what laws they break or how amoral they are.

      And you’ll live in fear that Donald Trump turns on you and orders your head on a pike, to quote Adam Schiff. “Decency matters to you. It matters nothing to him. You cannot change him. He will not change.” And Ricky will get reelected because red Florida sells itself on the cheap.


  • Breakers

    May 15, 2024 at 6:33 pm

    Rick Scott. The millionaire that stole from fraud in Medicare ???


    • Ocean Joe

      May 15, 2024 at 6:42 pm

      He’s almost worth a billion. In fact I’d say he’s worth more than half the $1,700,000,000 settlement HCA entered into.


  • Disa Pointed

    May 15, 2024 at 7:04 pm

    One of the most corrupt politicians ever. Shame on you for choosing party over country.


  • Andy

    May 15, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    Safe from paying taxes for the millions of Florida citizens that have been kept off of poverty by Social Security, and Medicare He is a thief!


  • Andy

    May 15, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    He would take his own Mother, and Mother-in-laws Social Security to kiss the ‘HEEL SPUR’ Patriots ass!


  • Jack

    May 16, 2024 at 7:30 am

    Rick Scott is a liar and cheat. He let his CEO’s go down or a crime he was involved in. He is NOT for the people unless it is one of HIS people.


  • James Kenny

    May 16, 2024 at 5:58 pm

    That a county sheriff would endorse Rick Scott in the name of “law and order” surprises me not at all. After all, a Police State is the ideal form of government for a LOT of county sheriffs in this and several other states. In addition, Rick Scott is a loudmouth warmonger routinely rattling sabres against “Red China,” though once again, he is hardly unique among politicians in that regard. Keeping the citizenry nervous and agitated about foreign affairs is terrific for military (over) spending. Never mind that the US spends more on “defense” than the next 9 nations (mostly friendly) combined. Never mind that the US maintains something in the neighborhood of 870 military bases abroad,

    Scott is independently crooked, to be fair. He didn’t really need the MAGA Chump seal of approval of the Donald to display his retrograde political chops; he’s been fascistically oriented since at least the 1970s, I’m willing to bet.

    If you want to continue a legacy of right wing idiocy and destruction, by all means follow Rick Scott in lockstep. If you want a real change, vote for his opponent and keep active and attentive.


    • rick whitaker

      May 16, 2024 at 6:05 pm

      JAMES KENNEY , you said it well, thanks.


  • Mike stringer

    May 16, 2024 at 7:21 pm

    No respect for either


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