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Hillsborough, Tampa Fire Fighters endorse Mark Ober for State Attorney

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State Attorney Mark Ober just got a boost in his re-election campaign

Ober scored the endorsements of both the Hillsborough County and Tampa Fire Fighters’ unions as he runs for another term as 13th Judicial Circuit’s state attorney.

“We, as representatives of Tampa Fire Fighters Local #754, take great pleasure in endorsing your candidacy,” said Stephen Suarez, President and Bill Townsend, Secretary/Treasurer, in a joint letter.

“Mr. Ober has served as State Attorney since 2000 and has consistently proven himself and his staff to operate with the highest levels of integrity, efficiency, and protecting the citizens of Hillsborough County,” said Derrik Ryan, President and Ken Forward, Vice-President, of Hillsborough County Fire Fighters. “Mark Ober is a proven protector of the citizens of our community and we ask for your support in his re-election.”

Both the city and county groups are local unions under the broader AFL-CIO, a powerful force in Democratic politics even in a “Right-to-Work” state like Florida.

Ober, a Republican, faces perhaps his first serious challenge since taking office in 2000 from Democrat Andrew Warren, a former federal prosecutor.

But local allies doubt Ober will have much trouble in 2016.

“He enjoys a very, very good reputation,” said Tampa lawyer F. Dennis Alvarez, a former chief judge of Hillsborough. “Mark has kept it low-key. There’s no cause any voter would have to not vote for him.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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