Union support could be potent force for County Commission candidate
Pinellas County Commission candidate Macho Liberti's connection to the firefighting community is already paying off.
Liberti, a 35-year-old firefighter and emergency medical technician for the city of Largo who is running for the commission's District 4 seat, has landed endorsements from the Florida Professional Firefighters, a statewide firefighter union. Liberti also has the backing of firefighter associations in Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor/Oldsmar, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Indian Rocks, Largo, Pinellas Park, Seminole, St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach.
Florida Professional Firefighters has donated $500 to Liberti's campaign. So has Firefighters and Paramedics for Public Safety, a Venice-based political action committee.
The support of the local associations could also translate to a potent boots-on-the-ground campaign force in the north county district.
Liberti, of Palm Harbor, is one of seven Republicans in the race for the seat being vacated by Susan Latvala, who decided not to run again. The others are Dave Eggers, Johnny Johnson, Tim Keffalas, Wanda Kimsey, Peter Nehr and Jim Ronecker.