- Lopez picked up an endorsement from the Florida PBA on Monday
- The group is one of the largest professional labor associations for law enforcement in the state of Florida
- Lopez, who originally filed to run in SD 38, made the switch to run in HD 113 in May
- She faces Alberto Perosch for the Republican primary
Republican Vicki Lopez announced Monday that the Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is endorsing her campaign for House District 113.
The Florida PBA is one of the largest professional labor associations for law enforcement in the Sunshine State. The group represents law enforcement officers in negotiations for wages, benefits and terms of their employment.
“I am grateful to have the endorsement of the Florida PBA,” Lopez said in a statement. “Our Florida law enforcement officers selflessly put their lives on the line every day to keep our loved ones and communities safe, and in the Florida House, I will work tirelessly to pass legislation that will support and protect these brave men and women.”
Lopez is a longtime political activist who runs the Miami-based VLL Consulting. She is a former member of the Lee County Commission and served in state-appointed roles in the Florida Senate and under Governors Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist, and Rick Scott. She has also served in numerous leadership capacities within the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Lopez, who had originally entered the race for Senate District 38, made the switch to HD 113 in May.
With the move, Lopez will now face self-funded candidate Alberto Perosch for the Republican primary on August 23. The winner of the GOP contest will square off against either Andres Althabe or Alessandro D’Amico in November.
HD 113 encompasses the heart of Miami and includes Key Biscayne, Miami’s City Hall, Calle Ocho, Brickell Avenue, the Miami River, and the Port of Miami.