Republican congressional candidate Amy Pope Wells picked up an endorsement on Monday from Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels in her bid for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District.
“We are in unprecedented times and what our community needs is to send a fighter to Washington to support President Trump. This is why I am proud to endorse Amy Pope Wells to be our next member of Congress,” Daniels said in a press release.
“Having worked with Amy for the last two years as Chairwoman of the Clay County Sheriff’s Advisory Board, I know how much she cares about our community and what she is capable of doing once elected. Ted Yoho has left very large shoes to fill and I have no doubt that Amy Pope Wells is up to the challenge,” he continued.
Wells, a lifelong conservative, is a small business owner from Green Cove Springs. She served as chairwoman of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and on a sheriff’s office task force.
Wells, who launched her congressional campaign in April, said she was honored to receive Daniels’ endorsement.
“I am very thankful for Sheriff Daniels’ endorsement. He has done a fantastic job protecting the residents of Clay County and keeping our community safe,” Wells said. “His recognition of my community efforts means a lot to me. I will always stand with our police and first responders. Safe communities are absolutely essential to a booming economy and job growth and I appreciate the hard work done by our Deputies in keeping us safe.”
No stranger to the political arena, Wells has several ties to the White House. She was tapped by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in 2017 to serve on a committee that supports the United States-Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.
Wells is one of 10 Republicans looking to replace Congressman Ted Yoho who is retiring at the end of his current term.
Also seeking the GOP nomination are businessman Judson Sapp, Clay County Commissioner Gavin Rollins, Gainesville City Commissioner Todd Chase, former congressional aide Joe Millado, physician James St. George, businessman Ryan Chamberlin, businessman Bill Engelbrecht, businessman David Theus, and businesswoman Kat Cammack.
FL-03 includes Alachua, Bradford, Marion, Union, Putnam, and Clay counties and is largely made up of Republican voters. Yoho won the red district in 2016 earning 57.6% of the vote.