The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 has endorsed Mayra Uribe in her quest to be elected to the Orange County Commission’s District 3 seat, her campaign announced Monday.

The lodge, which represents police officers in Orange and surrounding counties, picked Uribe over Pete Crotty in the Nov. 6 election to fill the last two years of the unexpired term of Commissioner Pete Clarke, who resigned for an unsuccessful mayoral run.

“We will ask our members, their friends and families as well as our law enforcement supporters in the community, who respect the value in strong community leaders such as yourself, to vote for Mayra Uribe,” District 7 Assistant Director Jeff Stinson stated in a letter to Uribe’s campaign.

The lodge had previously endorsed retired Orlando Police Officer Bill Moore for the seat. However, Moore lost in the six-way election on Aug. 28, with Uribe and Crotty finishing first and second, advancing to the runoff election in November.

The district covers much of south-central Orange County.

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