Speaker Will Weatherford endorses Rick Cochran for Hillsborough Commission

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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.

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