Former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos has thrown his support behind fellow Republican Tyler Sirois in election for House District 51.

“Tyler is a trusted friend and solid conservative who will effectively advocate for Brevard County families and business owners. Brevard needs strong voices in our state capitol,” Haridopolos stated in a news release issued by Sirois’s campaign. “Tyler will provide that voice for us to push for lower taxes, safe schools, cleaning up our lagoon, and standing up for our Second Amendment rights. I am proud to support Tyler Sirois for the Florida House!”

Sirois, of Merritt Island, is in a battle with Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish for the Aug. 28 Republican primary nomination to run in the north Brevard County district being vacated by term-limited Republican state Rep. Tom Goodson. The winner faces Democrat Mike Blake of Cocoa in November.

Haridopolos, also from Brevard County, spent four years in the Florida House and 10 years in the Florida Senate, the last two as president, leaving in 2012.

Sirois is the executive director in the office of the state attorney for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit, which includes Seminole and Brevard counties.

“I remember the ‘What’s a Haridopolos?’ campaign from when I was a younger man. For me, the answer to that question has always been this: a family man, principled conservative, mentor and friend,” Sirois stated in the release. “Today, I am proud to add another answer: a Tyler Sirois supporter. I am grateful for his support.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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