Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders endorses Randy Glisson in HD 31

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Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders is endorsing Randy Glisson for House District 31.

Glisson, a Eustis chiropractor and clinic owner, is running to replace term-limited Rep. Bryan Nelson in the heavily Republican district covering parts of Lake and Orange counties, including includes Eustis, Tavares, Umatilla, Mt. Dora and Apopka.

“I am pleased to endorse Randy Glisson’s candidacy for State House, District 31,” Borders said in a statement released on Thursday. “He has the qualifications necessary to be an effective legislator and to serve the citizens of District 31 and the State of Florida.”

Borders was appointed Lake County’s top lawman in 2006 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush after Sheriff Chris Daniels was killed in a crash during a New Smyrna Speedway charity bus race. Borders viewed the crash from the stands.

He then won two consecutive four-year terms in 2008 and 2012, carrying large margins in both the GOP primary and the general elections.

“I am honored to have Sheriff Borders’s endorsement. His knowledge, experience and leadership have been a great asset to our community,” Glisson said. “Our Sheriff has always protected and looked out for us.”

Glisson faces fellow Republicans Jennifer Mae Sullivan and Terri Seefeldt in the August 26 GOP primary.

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