- The Fraternal Order of Police is backing Republican Robert Brackett in HD 34
- The organization represents more than 24,000 certified law enforcement officers
- Brackett faces Karen Hiltz in the August Republican primary
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is supporting Robert Brackett in the race for House District 34.
Bracket, a Republican candidate running for HD 34, announced that FOP, the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the nation, is backing his campaign. The organization boasts 364,000 members and more than 2,100 lodges and promotes quality workforce conditions for law enforcement officers through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and representation.
“The Fraternal Order of Police representing more than 24,000 certified law enforcement officers have endorsed Robert Brackett and feel that he is the best choice of candidate for House District 34,” said Steve Zona, President of the Florida Fraternal Order of Police. “We believe that dedication to serving the community is a beacon of inspiration to voters and we feel that Robert Brackett is the best chance at a safe and prosperous future.”
Brackett, 58, is a managing partner in the family-owned Edge Information Management, which conducts pre-employment background checks. He is also a local developer with the Brackett Family Limited Partnership, a property management business.
He was also elected to the Vero Beach City Council in 2019 and is currently in his second term as Mayor.
In a news release, Brackett thanked FOP for backing his bid and reaffirmed his commitment to the men and women in blue.
“I am grateful to have the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police,” added Brackett. “Our Florida law enforcement officers serve as the first line of defense in our communities, keeping our families and loved ones out of harm’s way, and in the Florida House, I will fiercely support them and fight to keep them safe.”
Since launching his campaign in December, Bracket has continued to stack endorsements. Those backing his bid include Public Defender Diamond Litty, Sebastian Vice Mayor Fred Jones, Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers, State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl, Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey, Former Vero Beach Mayor Harry Howle, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Melbourne Mayor Paul Alfrey, the Firefighters and Paramedics of Indian River County, as well as a host of additional community leaders.
Brackett is vying for HD 34, which is open after incumbent Rep. Erin Grall chose not to seek re-election, and instead announced her candidacy for the newly drawn Senate District 29. He faces off against Karen Hiltz in the August Republican primary.