Adam Putnam's governor campaign announced Thursday the endorsements of nine Tampa Bay area sheriffs.
Sheriffs Paul Blackman of Highlands County; Chad Chronister of Hillsborough County; Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County; Grady Judd of Polk County; Tom Knight of Sarasota County; Arnold Lanier of Hardee County; Al Nienhuis of Hernando County; Chris Nocco of Pasco County and Rick Wells of Manatee County all endorsed Putnam, Florida's agriculture commissioner.
"I am honored to have the support of our bravest heroes from the Greater Tampa Bay Area," Putnam said in a statement touting the endorsements.
The announcements came the same week 55 sheriffs from across Florida endorsed Republican Gov. Rick Scott in his 2018 bid for the U.S. Senate Seat currently held by Democrat Bill Nelson.
Several of the sheriffs who attended an endorsement ceremony for Scott Monday also endorsed Putnam, who faces U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis in the Republican governor primary.
Read Putnam's release below or click here:
Bartow, FL – Team Putnam announced today the overwhelming support from Sheriffs in the Greater Tampa Bay Area who have endorsed Adam Putnam for Governor. Florida's law enforcement community knows Adam Putnam will put Floridians' safety and security first.
Adam Putnam said, "Everyday our law enforcement and first responders are putting themselves in harm's way to keep our citizens and communities safe. As Governor, my top priority will be to ensure our sheriffs have the resources necessary to respond to the major safety and security issues facing our state. I am honored to have the support of our bravest heroes from the Greater Tampa Bay Area."
Sheriffs who have endorsed Adam Putnam for Governor in the Greater Tampa Bay Area include:
Sheriff Paul Blackman, Highlands County
Sheriff Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County
Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County
Sheriff Tom Knight, Sarasota County
Sheriff Arnold Lanier, Hardee County
Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Hernando County
Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco County
Sheriff Rick Wells, Manatee County