Orange County Mayor-elect and Sheriff Jerry Demings and Osceola County Sheriff Russell Gibson are endorsing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the governor’s race, Gillum’s campaign announced Wednesday.

Demings is currently Orange County Sheriff, and was elected to the mayor’s office on Aug. 28. He’ll switch offices in December.

Gibson and Demings were among five county sheriff endorsements Gillum’s campaign rolled out Wednesday.

All five are Democrats.

“After 37 years in law enforcement, I know what it takes to keep our communities secure. Mayor Gillum brought the police and community together, reduced crime and took on the gun lobby to keep our families safer. I took an oath to protect the public, and that is why I support Andrew Gillum for governor,” Demings stated in Gillum’s campaign news release.

“Mayor Gillum has tirelessly worked to bring down violent crime rate in Tallahassee and has worked side by side with the police to crack down on violent criminals and gangs. I trust Andrew Gillum to keep our families safe,” stated Gibson.

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