Florida Politics: 3 more local leaders endorse James Reyes for Miami-Dade Sheriff

Three more local leaders are endorsing Miami-Dade Public Safety Chief James Reyes for Sheriff.

Reyes’ campaign announced that Florida City Vice Mayor Sharon Butler, Pinecrest Council member Shannon del Prado and former Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber are now backing his campaign.

Each shared a comment of support that Reyes’ camp included in a press note.

“It’s important that we choose a candidate with the right experience to guide us through this transition and who will work collaboratively with local police to ensure public safety in every neighborhood,” Butler said.

“With his exemplary track record and dedication to safety, I am proud to endorse Chief James Reyes to be Miami-Dade County Sheriff.”

Added del Prado, “During my time at the United States Department of Justice, I witnessed firsthand the importance of having law enforcement leadership that can be trusted to put the safety of residents first. I know Chief Reyes is the candidate with the right values, leadership skills, and the necessary experience to keep our community safe.”

Gelber, who served as House Democratic Leader from 2006 to 2008, said he is “proud to endorse” Reyes’ candidacy.

“As a former federal prosecutor, I know how important it is to have a proven, steady and principled leader as our county’s chief law enforcement officer,” he said. “Chief James Reyes will bring these qualities and more to the newly created position of Miami-Dade County Sheriff.”

Reyes, a Democrat who filed to run in January, has worked in law enforcement for almost a quarter-century He spent nearly more than 22 years with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, including four years as its Executive Director. In January 2023, he joined Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s administration as Director of the county’s Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.

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