ORLANDO, FL – The sheriffs of Volusia and Seminole counties endorsed John Mina this week in his campaign to be the next sheriff of Orange County.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood and Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma both sent letters to Mina supporting him in the upcoming election. The general election will be held on Nov. 6.
Chitwood wrote in his letter: “I am proud to endorse John Mina for Orange County Sheriff. John is respected by his peers throughout the State of Florida and has proven his ability to lead in times of crisis.”
Lemma, whose county borders Orange County, wrote: “Criminals do not observe jurisdictional boundaries, and the citizens of Orange and Seminole Counties can be confident in knowing that you and I will stand side by side to address criminal activity throughout the region.” Lemma went on to praise Mina’s long career in public service, including Mina’s service in the U.S. Army and his career at the Orlando Police Department.
Mina, who has been with the Orlando Police Department for 27 years, including four years as Chief, is the most experienced candidate in the race.
In addition to the endorsements of the sheriffs, Mina has also been endorsed by Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #93, Fraternal Order of Police, District 7, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #25, the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, the West Orange Political Alliance, the Greater Orlando Builders Association (PAC), NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, NFL star Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and the I-Drive Chamber of Commerce.
Mina has also received support from every mayor of every municipality in Orange County, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.