Berny Jacques Nabs Largo City Commissioner Endorsement
House District 66 hopeful and political newcomer Berny Jacques continues to rack up local endorsements in his bid to head to Tallahassee next year.
On Wednesday, former Largo police chief and current city commissioner John Carroll endorsed Jacques to represent HD66, which covers parts of Largo, Belleair, Clearwater and Seminole.
Carroll said the two share similar experiences since they both work in the criminal justice system. Jacques is an attorney while Carroll serves as a law enforcement officer.
“Berny and I share a common background as criminal justice professionals, and a deep commitment to the concept of ‘Home Rule.’ He has consistently demonstrated his support of local government, and he displays a genuine interest in the concerns and priorities of Pinellas County residents.”
Jacques had warm words for Carroll as well, saying he was looking forward to working with Carroll, this time as a state lawmaker.
“As a former prosecutor, I am especially proud of the work he did as Largo’s Police Chief,” he said. “I am excited about the opportunity to have a partner in local government who understands how we can achieve safe neighborhoods for all.”
Jacques has raised a hefty $40,000 since declaring his candidacy in March, but he may not be alone in his quest to head to the House chamber in Tallahassee.
Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee chair has also indicated he's got his eye on the HD66 seat, but has not formally filed to jump in the race just yet.
Jacques is running to replace Rep. Larry Ahearn, who faces term limits. He told Sunshine State News more endorsements would be announced next week.