Florida Politics: ‘A man of integrity’: Local officials back James Reyes for Miami-Dade Sheriff

Four more elected local officials are backing Miami-Dade Public Safety Chief James Reyes for county Sheriff.

Reyes’ campaign announced the endorsements from Hollywood Rep. Marie Woodson, North Bay Village Mayor Brent Latham, Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace and Miami Beach Vice Mayor Laura Dominguez.

All provided strong statements of support.

Woodson, who worked as a Miami-Dade public administrator before successfully seeking a House seat in 2020, pointed to Reyes’ administrative bona fides as key to securing her nod.

Reyes worked for two decades at the Broward Sheriff’s Office, rising through the ranks in the agency’s office to become Director. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava hired him in 2022 to lead the county’s troubled Corrections Department and expanded his responsibilities the following year to overseeing the Police, Fire Rescue and Corrections Departments.

“For 25 years, Chief James Reyes has served our community by putting public safety and public trust above all else,” Woodson said. “As the only candidate with executive experience in a Sheriff’s office, I know Chief Reyes has the knowledge, skills, and commitment needed to keep us safe and I am proud to support his campaign for Sheriff.”

Latham said Reyes has “the right experience” and is “a proven leader that our community can trust.”

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