Police Benevolent Association Lines Up Behind Lopez

The men and women of law enforcement in Central Florida who know OPD Chief John Mina best, have endorsed his opponent in a devastating blow.

By Jacob Engels

After beating OPD Chief John Mina just barely in his first-month fundraising report, former Florida Highway Patrol Chief and security consultant Joe Lopez is ending his second month in the race to replace Jerry Demings with a bang.

The Central Florida Police Benevolent Association, which represents over two-dozen local law enforcement organizations and their members, has endorsed Lopez for Sheriff in Orange County.

“We firmly believe that Joe Lopez is a candidate with integrity and vision who will best lead our members and our citizens/visitors toward a safer community,” said Jerry Hagan, President of the Florida Police Benevolent Association.

Lopez, first a United States Marine and then a 30+ year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol, welcomed the endorsement and promised to fight hard for the men and women in law enforcement who protect Orange County residents.


“I am humbled and privileged to receive the endorsement of the PBA, which represents the men and women who proudly protect and serve in uniform,” the first-time candidate told the Central Florida Post.

You can learn about his campaign by clicking here.

Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.