Florida Politics: James Reyes campaign for Miami-Dade Sheriff reports $200K raised in first 2 weeks

Miami-Dade Chief of Public Safety James Reyes’ bid to be the county’s first elected Sheriff in more than half a century is getting off to a solid start, according to new figures from his campaign.

Reyes’ camp reports it raised more than $200,000 in its first two weeks — a strong haul that would put him on pace to catch up with, and potentially overtake, the race’s fundraising front-runners.

“I’m humbled at my early outpouring of support for my campaign to serve and protect Miami-Dade as our community’s next Sheriff,” Reyes said in a statement. “As Sheriff, I will bring the same kind of results-driven leadership I’ve demonstrated through my 25-year law enforcement career to keep our residents and families safe.”

One of 17 candidates now running for Sheriff, Reyes entered the race Jan. 22 as the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the county to file after former Miami-Dade Police Chief Freddy Ramirez dropped out.

As Chief of Public Safety, Reyes oversees Miami-Dade’s Police, Corrections and Fire Rescue Departments. He took the post last year after running the Corrections Department, a job he came to after 22-plus years with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, four of which as Executive Director.

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