Big get: Sheriff Chris Nocco endorses Bill Gunter in race to replace Mike Fasano

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In an early display of his political connections, Republican Bill Gunter announced the endorsement of Sheriff Chris Nocco. Gunter is running for House District 36, which Mike Fasano vacated last week to become Pasco Tax Collector.

“To be proactive in fighting crime and make our neighborhoods safe, law enforcement needs Bill Gunter in Tallahassee to make sure we have laws that are tough on crime. Bill Gunter is the kind of leader we can trust to make sure law enforcement has what it needs to ensure Florida families are safe,” said Sheriff Nocco. 

“I am humbled to have the support of Sheriff Nocco,” said Gunter. “I will work hard to serve the people of Pasco County as courageously and selflessly as our great Sheriff does every day.”

Gunter, a former defensive end for the University of Florida Gators football team, is a pastor of Redeemer Community Church, a Presbyterian Church in New Port Richey. Gunter and his wife, Heather, a pediatric nurse have called Pasco County home for more than 10 years. They have a son, Joshua, 22, who just graduated from the University of South Florida, and daughter, Taylor, 17, who will be a senior at River Ridge High School.

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