This is the police making their voices and power felt.
The Fraternal Order of Police Gator Lodge 67 has announced the following endorsements in the races for Sheriff, County Commission, School Board and Florida House :
Alachua County Sheriff: John Annarumma, no party affiliation
County Commission District 1: John Martin, Republican
County Commission District 3: Jean Calderwood, Republican
County Commission District 5: Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, Democrat
Property Appraiser: Ed Crapo, Democrat
School Board, District 4: Leanneta McNealy
Florida House District 20, Clovis Watson Jr., Democrat
Florida House District 21: Aaron Bosshardt, Democrat
A press release stated that FOP members felt the endorsed candidates “have the skill set and vision to lead during these fiscally challenging times” and focused on public safety as a “number one priority.”
The Gator Lodge has some 600 members and represents the Gainesville Police Departments officers, corporals and sergeants; Sheriff’s Office deputies and corrections officers; and the Alachua Police Department’s officers, sergeants and dispatchers.