Hillsborough County Commission candidate Rick Cochran picked up the endorsement on Thursday of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford.
Cochran, a former Tampa police detective and senior vice president of the city’s police union, is running as a Republican to replace Al Higginbotham in eastern Hillsborough County District 4.
“Rick’s history of public service, as a veteran of the United States Air Force and detective with the Tampa Police Department, make him the right person for the job,” Weatherford said in a statement. “He will stand on principle and do what is right while representing the residents of eastern Hillsborough County.”
Cochran responded by saying how “excited” he was for Weatherford’s support.
“He has a track record as a principled conservative leader who has worked diligently to make the state of Florida a better place,” he said. “I look forward to living up to the confidence he has placed in me.”
Rick Cochran faces two other GOP opponents — Janet Dougherty and Stacy White — as well as Christopher Weaver, who qualified as a write-in candidate.
In endorsing Rick Cochran, Weatherford joins several Tampa Bay-area conservatives, including state Rep. Dana Young, former congressional candidate Col. Evelio Otero and a number of law enforcement agencies throughout Hillsborough County.