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Bob Graham endorses Bob Buesing in Senate race; cops line up for Dana Young

Bob Buesing, left, and former Florida governor and senator Bob Graham.

Bob Buesing

Bob Buesing, left, and former Florida governor and senator Bob Graham.



State Senate District 18 candidates Bob Buesing and Dana Young are touting more endorsements — he from former governor and senator Bob Graham, President Barack Obama and the Sierra Club, she from local and state unions representing police officers.

The latest endorsement for Buesing, a Democrat, came on Monday from Graham, who called Buesing “the right person to work across the aisle to address Florida’s challenges and get things done for the people of Senate District 18 in Tallahassee.”

“He’ll be a fresh voice in Tallahassee dedicated to protecting our environment and drinking water, strengthening our public schools, and providing innovative new ideas to grow good jobs here at home in Florida,” Graham said in a statement released through Buesing’s campaign. Buesing, a lawyer and early education advocate, also was one of 13 Florida Democratic legislative candidates, along with Rena Frazier in House District 59 and Lisa Montelione in House District 63, endorsed by Obama.

Meanwhile, Young, a Republican who is leaving her position as House Majority Leader to run for the Senate, has picked up endorsements from the National Association of Police Organizations and the Police Benevolent Associations for Tampa, West Central Florida and the state of Florida.

“A tireless advocate of law enforcement,” said Matt Puckett, executive director of the Florida PBA.

“We will ask our members, their families and friends and all citizens in the district who respect the strong and efficient enforcement of our laws to cast their ballots in support of Dana Young for state Senate District 18,” West Central Florida PBA president Nick Marolda and Tampa PBA president Vincent Gericitano said in a joint letter to Young.

Senate District 18 covers the city of Tampa and most of unincorporated Hillsborough County west of Interstate 275. Also running are two candidates with no party affiliation: nude dance club owner Joe Redner and Air Force reservist Sheldon Upthegrove.

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2016 12:55pm]


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