Sheriff Grady Judd supports Kevin Hayslett in CD 13

Judd joins Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former Sheriff Jim Coats in supporting Hayslett.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd approved Kevin Hayslett in his run for Florida’s 13th congressional district.

Judd is recognized statewide as a strong advocate for law enforcement, often captured in soundbites and press events. This year, Judd was named “Sheriff of the Year” by the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA). As a well-known conservative figure, his endorsement is coveted among Republicans in Tampa Bay.

“Kevin Hayslett has won the support of the law enforcement community because he is a candidate we can trust to be tough on crime and support blue at this critical time in our country. Florida needs strong leaders who will fight for us in Congress and I am proud to stand with Kevin Hayslett as he will stand with all law enforcement,” Judd said in a statement.

Judd joins Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former sheriff Jim Coats supporting former prosecutor Hayslett.

“I am incredibly proud to have the support of Sheriff Judd. He is one of the strongest and most accomplished leaders in Florida and I am honored to earn his trust. I am running because we need a leader who knows how to hold his own (Joe Biden and (Nancy) Pelosi, and who will always support law enforcement as radical leftists attempt to defund the police. I am thrilled to work with leaders like Sheriff Judd to protect our community and end weak leadership that threatens our nation,” Hayslett said in a statement.

Hayslett launched his campaign in late January, facing a packed GOP primary, including the nonprofit founder Audrey Hensonair force veteran Anna Paulina Lunarepublican strategist Amanda Makki and Christine Quinn. Makki lost the Republican primary to Luna in 2020.

The district, which changed due to redistricting, now extends further north into the traditionally red parts of Pinellas County and eliminates parts of St. Petersburg, the largest city in the currently drawn district and a Democratic stronghold. That left a Democratic nominee – a former Obama administration official Eric Lynn – In the race.

Candidates are running to replace the incumbent US Democratic representative. charlie christ as he runs for governor.

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