DeSantis Endorsed by 59 Florida Sheriffs

Posted on January 24, 2022 by Staff reports

59 sheriffs from across Florida joined together today to endorse Governor Ron DeSantis in his reelection campaign.

“Florida’s sheriffs are on the front lines protecting our communities, and it is an honor to earn their support,” said Governor DeSantis. “I am grateful for the sacrifice the men and women of Florida’s sheriffs’ offices make every single day. As governor, I will continue to ensure Florida remains the friendliest state in the nation for law enforcement and their families.”

Each of the 59 sheriffs offered their support for Governor DeSantis’ reelection campaign in a statement saying:

“We are proud to join together in endorsing Governor Ron DeSantis for reelection in 2022. The strength and enthusiasm with which he has supported law enforcement in Florida is second-to-none.

“Law enforcement and first responders have sadly become the targets of ridicule and contempt from elected officials across the country, but Florida remains a sanctuary of support for men and women in blue. We know our governor has our backs. Other cities and states are defunding police departments while Florida, under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, is supplying law enforcement officers with the resources and backing we need to keep Floridians safe.

“In just three years as governor, he’s awarded $1,000 bonus checks to sworn law enforcement officers, banned sanctuary cities, and signed the strongest anti-rioting measures anywhere in America. Governor DeSantis protected law enforcement jobs by rejecting vaccine mandates that would have resulted in many of our officers from losing their jobs.

“The governor is further proposing significant pay increases for both new and veteran officers, another round of bonus checks, scholarships for prospective officers seeking to join our ranks, and $5,000 recruitment bonuses for new officers – both from Florida and those relocating to Florida from out of state.

“Governor DeSantis’ support extends far beyond effective policies. He’s created a climate of appreciation for Florida’s law enforcement. We know we have the full backing of our governor and that support flows down each neighborhood we serve across the state.

“Governor DeSantis has our unwavering support and endorsement for reelection in 2022. Together, we can keep Florida safe.”

Sheriffs Endorsing:

  • Sheriff Scotty Rhoden, Baker County
  • Sheriff Tommy Ford, Bay County
  • Sheriff Gordon Smith, Bradford County
  • Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Brevard County
  • Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel, Calhoun County
  • Sheriff Bill Prummell Jr., Charlotte County
  • Sheriff Mike Prendergast, Citrus County
  • Sheriff Michelle Cook, Clay County
  • Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, Collier County
  • Sheriff Mark Hunter, Columbia County
  • Sheriff James Potter, DeSoto County
  • Sheriff Darby Butler, Dixie County
  • Sheriff Mike Williams, Duval County
  • Sheriff Chip Simmons, Escambia County
  • Sheriff Rick Staly, Flagler County
  • Sheriff A.J. Smith, Franklin County
  • Sheriff Morris Young, Gadsden County
  • Sheriff Bobby Schultz, Gilchrist County
  • Sheriff David Hardin, Glades County
  • Sheriff Mike Harrison, Gulf County
  • Sheriff Harrell Reid, Hamilton County
  • Sheriff Vent Crawford, Hardee County
  • Sheriff Stephen Whidden, Hendry County
  • Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Hernando County
  • Sheriff Paul Blackman, Highlands County
  • Sheriff Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County
  • Sheriff John Tate, Holmes County
  • Sheriff Eric Flowers, Indian River County
  • Sheriff Donald Edenfield, Jackson County
  • Sheriff Mac McNeill Jr., Jefferson County
  • Sheriff Brian Lamb, Lafayette County
  • Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, Lake County
  • Sheriff Carmine Marceno, Lee County
  • Sheriff Bobby McCallum, Levy County
  • Sheriff Buddy Money, Liberty County
  • Sheriff David Harper, Madison County
  • Sheriff Charles Wells, Manatee County
  • Sheriff Billy Woods, Marion County
  • Sheriff William Snyder, Martin County
  • Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Monroe County
  • Sheriff Bill Leeper, Nassau County
  • Sheriff Eric Aden, Okaloosa County
  • Sheriff Noel Stephen, Okeechobee County
  • Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco County
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County
  • Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County
  • Sheriff Gator DeLoach, Putnam County
  • Sheriff Robert Johnson, Santa Rosa County
  • Sheriff Kurt Hoffman, Sarasota County
  • Sheriff Dennis Lemma, Seminole County
  • Sheriff Robert Hardwick, St. Johns County
  • Sheriff Bill Farmer Jr., Sumter County
  • Sheriff Sam St. John, Suwannee County
  • Sheriff Wayne Padgett, Taylor County
  • Sheriff Brad Whitehead, Union County
  • Sheriff Mike Chitwood, Volusia County
  • Sheriff Jared Miller, Wakulla County
  • Sheriff Mike Adkinson Jr., Walton County
  • Sheriff Kevin Crews, Washington County

Governor DeSantis and Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez were previously endorsed for reelection by the Florida Police Benevolent Association in November 2021.