Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice’s re-election campaign received a significant boost Wednesday with the backing of one of Tampa Bay’s largest trade organizations.
The Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO) is endorsing the St. Petersburg Democrat, citing his “commitment to the community, understanding of economic issues, and your advocacy for property owners.”
PRO represents more than 6,000 real estate professionals in Pinellas County.
Thanking the PRO for its support, Justice – a former state senator and representative who serves as chair of the County Commission – said Realtors are “on the front lines” of one the area’s key industries.
“Residential and commercial real estate transactions are incredibly impactful on people’s everyday lives as well a critical indicator of our economic health,” he said. “I appreciate the individual realtors that I know who are deeply involved in civic and charitable endeavors in addition to their real estate careers standing up to support continuing our important work for the people of Pinellas.”
Before serving on the Commission, Justice spent a decade in the Legislature; in the House from 2000 to 2006 and in the Senate from 2006 to 2010. He faces Mike Mikurak, a 61-year-old Republican who serves as a member of Pinellas’ Juvenile Welfare Board. Qualifying period for the race is June 20-24.