Florida Politics: ‘A proven leader’: 4 more elected leaders endorse James Reyes for Miami-Dade Sheriff

Miami-Dade Public Safety Chief James Reyes just added four more backers to his bid to become the county’s first Sheriff since the 1960s.

Reyes’ campaign announced new endorsements from Homestead Rep. Kevin Chambliss, Miami Beach Council member Alex Fernandez, Doral Council member Maureen Porras and Miami Gardens Council member Robert Stephens.

In one way or another, all pointed to Reyes’ law enforcement experience and record of service as key to their support of him.

“I proudly endorse Chief Reyes for Miami-Dade Sheriff because of his incredible track record in public safety and executive leadership,” Chambliss said in a statement Thursday.

“Chief Reyes has the experience and dedication it takes to lead our community forward on Day One — and has proven his ability to connect with and build trust with members of our community from every corner of Miami-Dade County. I know James will keep our families safe because he’s a proven leader who has delivered results.”

Fernandez said Reyes has displayed “unwavering dedication to the safety of Miami-Dade” since joining Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s administration as Director of the county Corrections Department in 2022.

Reyes became Chief of Public Safety — overseeing the Police, Fire Rescue and Corrections Departments — in November.

For 22 years of his law enforcement career, Reyes worked at the Sheriff’s Office in Broward County, where he and at least two other Miami-Dade Sheriff candidates still live. All have vowed to relocate to Miami-Dade with a victory in November.

Porras said in a statement that she is “confident Chief Reyes is the right leader for this crucial job.”

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