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Nelson endorses Chief Mina for Orange County sheriff

Nelson endorses Chief Mina for Orange County sheriff
Orlando Police Chief John Mina. (File)

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson endorsed Orlando Police Chief John Mina in his run to become Orange County Sheriff.

“Chief John Mina has been a dedicated public servant to the people of Orlando for many years,” Nelson said in a statement Friday. “He is a proven leader who has shown a deep commitment to the security of the Orlando community and he will continue to honorably serve the people of Orange County.”

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Mina — who is running with no-party affiliation to succeed Sheriff Jerry Demings — is facing former Florida Highway Patrol Chief Joe Lopez, an independent, and Democrat Darryl Sheppard.

The OPD chief said it was “a true honor” to receive backing from Nelson, who is vying to keep his Congressional seat this November against Gov. Rick Scott.

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“The senator and I have worked together on numerous occasions to improve the Orlando community. I look forward to expanding on those successes as the next Orange County Sheriff,” Mina said.

bpadro@orlandosentinel.com or 407-232-0202. Follow me on Twitter @BiancaJoanie

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