Local Elected Officials and Community Leaders Across Florida Endorse Denise


Zolfo Springs, Fla.– Republican Candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services Denise Grimsley today announced that a group of local elected officials and community leaders across Florida, including mayors,school superintendents, tax collectors, property appraisers, school board members, current and former sheriffs, clerks of court and county commissioners have endorsed her campaign.

“Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture will not only work alongside the Governor and other members of the Cabinet, but local leaders as well, which is why I am proud that so many public servants have lent me their support and endorsement,” said Grimsley. “I look forward to continuing to work with local elected leaders, who play such a vital role in their communities and Florida, if elected Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture. Together, we can further our collective mission of making Florida flourish for generations to come.”

Mayors endorsing Grimsley:

Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan

San Antonio Mayor pro tempore and Parks Commissioner Elayne Bassinger

Seminole Mayor and Former House Speaker pro temporeLeslie Waters

Temple Terrace Mayor Mel Jurado

Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary


Superintendents endorsing Grimsley:

Calhoun County Superintendent of Schools Ralph Yoder

Glades County Superintendent of Schools Scott Bass

Gulf County Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton

Hendry County Superintendent of Schools Paul Puletti

Pasco County Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning

Suwannee County Superintendent of Schools Ted Roush


Tax Collectors endorsing Grimsley:

Brevard County Tax Collector Lisa Cullen

Hendry County Tax Collector Pat Langford

Indian River Tax Collector Carole Jean Jordan

Lake County Tax Collector Bob McKee

Okaloosa County Tax Collector Benjamin Anderson

Pasco County Tax Collector and Former Florida Senator Mike Fasano


Property Appraiser endorsing Grimsley:

Calhoun County Property Appraiser Carla T. Peacock


School Board Members endorsing Grimsley:

Duval County School Board Member Becki Couch

Duval County School Board Member Lori Hershey

Highlands County School Board Member Donna Howerton

Okaloosa County School Board Member Tim Bryant


Sheriffs and Former Sheriffs endorsing Grimsley (see below for previously announced sheriffs):

Hamilton County Sheriff J. Harrell Reid

Highlands County Former Sheriff Susan Benton


Clerks of Court endorsing Grimsley:

Martin County Clerk of Court Carolyn Timmann

Pasco County Clerk of Court Paula O’Neil

Suwannee County Clerk of Court Barry Baker


County Commissioners endorsing Grimsley:

Baker County Commissioner James Croft

Clay County Commissioner Mike Cella

Hardee County Commissioner Colon Lambert

Hardee County Commissioner Rick Knight

Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell

Indian River County Commissioner Peter O’Bryan

Indian River County Commissioner Tim Zorc

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey

“As Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture, I will utilize the sum of my experiences that I gained as a farmer, nurse, hospital administrator and running a small business to advocate on behalf of the agriculture industry, as well as Florida consumers,” concluded Grimsley.

The local leaders that today announced their endorsement join the Florida State Fraternal Order of Police; Florida Professional Firefighters; State Lodge of Florida; Maggie’s List; Florida Home Builders PAC; Florida Realtors PAC; the Florida Medical Association PAC; Florida Police Chiefs Association;Florida Senate Leadership, including Senate President-designate Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) and Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson (R-Spring-Hill); and, several former Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) chairs, including former Chairman Al Cardenas, Chairwomen Carole Jean Jordan and Leslie Dougher, as well as Wendy Bitner Rodin, wife of the late RPOF Chairman Dave Bitner, in endorsing Denise Grimsley for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

They also join the many Florida sheriffs who have endorsed Grimsley’s campaign, including: Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell; Baker County Sheriff Scotty Rhoden; Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith; Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell; Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast; Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels; Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk; Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter; DeSoto County Sheriff James Potter;Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz; Glades County Sheriff David Hardin; Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison;Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier; Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden; Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis; Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar; Jefferson County Sheriff Mac McNeill;Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell;Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum; Liberty County Sheriff Eddie Joe White; Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart; Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods;Martin County Sheriff William Snyder; Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper; Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen; Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco; Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach; Sumter County Sheriff William O. Farmer, Jr.; Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John;Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett; Union County Sheriff Brad Whitehead; Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood; and, Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller.

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