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Endorsement looming in Pinellas sheriff race



Exhale, it's not among the high profile Republican contenders.

But Scott Swope, the Democrat who recently entered the race, said he expects Stephen Reilly, a low-profile St. Petersburg Democrat, to step out of the race and endorse Swope. The other Democrat is Randy Heine, a Pinellas Park businessman who supports legalizing marijuana. 

Swope told Bay Buzz he doesn't have the endorsement on paper yet, but he and Reilly met and discussed issues. The endorsement at least helps clear the primary field for Swope, who has some party leaders backing him.

Swope said Reilly "thinks I am the best choice for Pinellas sheriff and intends to endorse me after he drops out of the race. I am honored that one of my former opponents thinks so highly of me."

[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 6:42am]


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