Republican Scott Sturgill’s bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District picked up a nod from the Central Florida Police Benevolent Association Tuesday.
“It’s an honor to receive the PBA’s endorsement,” Sturgill said. “Our law enforcement professionals keep us safe every day and are an essential part of our community’s leadership.”
A statement from the Central Florida PBA wasn’t included in Sturgill’s press release announcing the endorsement, though his campaign touted the new backer as the latest in a string of law enforcement endorsements that so far includes Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, Former Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary, and former U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams, who had a career in law enforcement before her time in Congress.
Sturgill faces state Rep. Mike Miller and Vennia Francois in the Republican primary for CD 7, which covers Seminole County and north and central Orange County.
Though Sturgill leads the primary field in fundraising, the GOP contest is still a two-horse race between he and Miller. The Sanford businessman has, however, started looking ahead toward the general election.
Murphy’s re-election is being challenged from the left by Democrat Chardo Richardson.
The winners of the Aug. 28 primary elections will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.
CD 7 was a safe Republican seat until it was redrawn ahead of the 2016 election and given a slight Democratic advantage. Two years ago, Murphy defeated longtime Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica by 3 points. The district also voted plus-7 for Hillary Clinton in the same cycle.