(ORLANDO, FL) -The sheriffs of Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola and Lake counties have endorsed John Mina in his run to become the next Orange County Sheriff.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson and Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood have all endorsed Mina.
“To have the support of one sheriff is significant, but to have the support of five sheriffs from both political parties is an exceptional honor,” Mina said. “The best way to keep our region safe from criminals is by working together, and I look forward to working with the sheriffs of the surrounding counties as the next Orange County Sheriff.”
Collectively, the sheriffs of Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola and Volusia counties oversee departments that serve a population of nearly 2.3 million people.
In their endorsement letters, the sheriffs cited Mina’s 27-year career in law enforcement, his commitment to public service and the leadership skills he’s shown as Chief of the Orlando Police Department as the reasons for the endorsements.
Seminole County Sheriff Lemma 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.”
Lake County Sheriff Grinnell wrote: “I am honored to endorse John Mina for Orange County Sheriff…. He can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and I believe John will serve the citizens of Orange County with the utmost dedication and professionalism.”
In addition to the endorsements from the sheriffs, Mina has received the support of several Orange County mayors, including Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Mina has also been endorsed by NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, the Greater Orlando Builders Association (PAC), the West Orange Political Alliance, the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce, the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #93, Lodge #25 and District 7.
“As the most tested and qualified candidate for Orange County Sheriff, I am ready to serve the citizens and visitors of this great county,” Mina said. “Orange County has been very good to my family and me. I care deeply about our future and look forward to serving as the next Sheriff.”