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Police union endorses Charlie Justice’s re-election

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Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice has won the endorsement of the Police Benevolent Association in his bid for re-election.

The PBA endorsement was based on Justice’s commitment to our community and understanding of the important issues before Pinellas County.

“I’m grateful for the support of our local law enforcement. They are on the front lines in our community offering themselves in service for our protection,” Justice said. “I look forward to working with the officers, support personnel and their association in making our community safer today than it was yesterday. It’s important work.”

Justice, a Democrat, is seeking his second term for the District 3 seat on the commission. The seat is one of three countywide seats on the seven-member commission.

Justice is facing Republican Mike Mikurak in the Nov. 8 election.

Justice is a native of Pinellas County who lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two daughters. He was first elected to the Pinellas County Commission in 2012. He currently serves as chair of the commission.

Justice also serves on the health and human services leadership board, the area agency on aging of Pinellas-Pasco and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority. Before serving on the county commission, Justice served in the state Senate from 2006 to 2010 and in the Florida House from 2000 to 2006. While in the Senate, he served as the minority leader pro-tem. While in the House, he served as the Democratic caucus whip.

Justice has also been endorsed by the Pinellas Realtors Organization, the AFL-CIO, the Equality Florida PAC and the Sierra Club.

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