Florida Politics: ‘Up to the task’: AFSCME Florida endorses James Reyes for Miami-Dade Sheriff

Miami-Dade Chief of Public Safety James Reyes’ campaign for Sheriff now carries an endorsement from a union representing thousands of government workers across the state.

Florida’s chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) endorsed Reyes, citing his “proven track record of not just supporting and collaborating with labor, but his unwavering advocacy for his staff and workers.”

“Miami-Dade County’s new Sheriff’s Office will employ and oversee a large number of AFSCME members. That’s why this election is crucial for us,” AFSCME Local 199 President Se’Adoreia “CeeCee” Brown said in a statement.

“We need a leader with a demonstrated commitment to the hardworking men and women working in public safety who provide vital services to our community, and we know Chief Reyes is up to the task.”

The AFSCME nod Wednesday follows a launch last week of bilingual TV and digital ads promoting Reyes’ candidacy to be Miami-Dade’s first elected Sheriff since the 1960s.

Others endorsing his campaign include his current boss, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and his former boss, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, for whom Reyes served as Executive Director before accepting a job with Levine Cava’s administration in late 2022.

As Chief of Public Safety, Reyes oversees the county Police, Fire and Corrections Departments. He launched his campaign for Sheriff in January, more than 23 years into his law enforcement career.

“Receiving this endorsement from AFSCME is truly an honor and reflects my longstanding commitment to the dignity and rights of all the men and women working around the clock to keep us safe,” Reyes said in a statement.

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