Former Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary has endorsed Pete Crotty for the open seat on the Orange County Commission, Crotty’s campaign announced.

Beary, who served as Orange County’s sheriff for 16 years including through the term as mayor of Crotty’s brother Rich Crotty, pointed to Pete Crotty’s fight against drug addiction and subsequent rise as a community activist for support and reform in drug and criminal justice issues. Beary retired when his fourth term ended in 2009.

Crotty also runs a company supporting Central Florida tourist resorts.

Pete Crotty faces Mayra Uribe in the Nov. 6 election to fill the District 3 seat being vacated by incumbent Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, who is resigning because he ran for mayor this year. District 3 covers much of central Orange County.

“I have personally known the Crotty family for over 35 years. I worked alongside his brother Rich during the 2004 hurricane season which I believe was Orange County’s finest hour,” Beary stated in a news release. “Pete Crotty like all of us have our personal ‘ups and downs’ but Pete sought help and overcame an addiction issue that occurred over 20 years ago. Pete has been engaged in a successful business and is a focused community member who wants to help District 3. I fully support Pete for County Commission District 3, and ask all of my friends and supporters to do so.”

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