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Published On: Thu, Sep 20th, 2018

Florida Sheriffs rally support for Ashley Moody in AG race against Sean Shaw

Leading candidate for Attorney General Ashley Moody today announced the bipartisan support of nearly 90 percent of Florida’s sheriffs. Six Republican sheriffs, and eight Democratic sheriffs joined the 43 Republican law enforcement leaders who endorsed former federal prosecutor and circuit court judge Ashley Moody in the primary election. This brings the total number to 57 out of 66 elected sheriffs in the nation’s third largest state.

In a joint statement, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma and Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson shared that, “As some of Ashley Moody’s earliest supporters, we are excited to announce a bipartisan addition of sheriff endorsements for Ashley Moody. Ashley has now been endorsed by 57 sheriffs; nearly 90 percent of Florida’s elected sheriffs. She has rightfully earned the trust of sheriffs throughout Florida because she remains the only candidate who has prosecuted a case and put away criminals. As a former federal prosecutor, judge, and as the wife of a law enforcement officer, she’s dedicated her life to standing alongside the men and women in uniform and we know she will work tirelessly to ensure law enforcement has the tools necessary to protect and serve our communities to keep them safe.”

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The 14 sheriffs who today endorsed Ashley Moody for Attorney General include:
Sheriff Larry Ashley, Okaloosa County (R)
Sheriff Homer “Gator” DeLoach, Putnam County (R)
Sheriff David Hardin, Glades County (D)
Sheriff Dewey Hatcher, Dixie County (D)
Sheriff Robert Johnson, Santa Rosa County (R)
Sheriff Brian Lamb, Lafayette County (D)
Sheriff David Morgan, Escambia County (R)
Sheriff James Potter, DeSoto County (D)
Sheriff J. Harrell Reid, Hamilton County (D)
Sheriff Louis Roberts III, Jackson County (D)
Sheriff David Shoar, St. Johns County (R)
Sheriff Rick Staly, Flagler County (R)
Sheriff Sam St. John, Suwannee County (D)
Sheriff Eddie Joe White, Liberty County (D)

“Florida faces difficult issues, like the opioid epidemic, human trafficking, and elder abuse,” said Moody. “Florida needs an Attorney General who has experience leading investigations, prosecuting cases, and who will put the safety of our communities and the rule of law above partisan politics. I will always be grateful for the great honor of endorsement from these law enforcement professionals who protect our citizens each and every day.”

A listing of the 43 Republican sheriff endorsements during the primary election:
Baker County Sheriff Scotty Rhoden
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford
Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell, Jr.
Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast
Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk
Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter
Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams
Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz
Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison
Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier
Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden
Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis
Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister
Holmes County Sheriff John Tate
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar
Jefferson County Sheriff Alfred Kenneth “Mac” McNeill Jr.
Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott
Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart
Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper
Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma
Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer, Jr.
Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett
Union County Sheriff Brad Whitehead
Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood
Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller
Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson
Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews

Ashley Moody continues to receive endorsements from conservative leaders, law enforcement (57 Florida Sheriffs, Florida PBA, Florida FOP, Florida Police Chiefs Association) and elected officials. She also has the endorsement of current Attorney General Pam Bondi who stated, “I don’t think there could be a more qualified candidate for attorney general in the entire state of Florida. I whole-heartedly support Ashley and I’m proud of her for wanting to sacrifice so much for our state.”

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