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Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan has added his name to those endorsing State Rep. Frank White’s bid to become Florida’s chief legal officer next year.

A Pensacola Republican first elected to the Florida House in 2016, White announced earlier this month that he would run for Florida attorney general, looking to succeed Pam Bondi, who is term-limited. Other Republicans vying for the job include Jacksonville-area state representative Jay Fant and former Tampa-area circuit court judge Ashley Moody, whom Bondi has endorsed.

A half dozen Florida sheriffs — including Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson — have also backed Moody’s campaign. Morgan is the first to endorse White’s bid.

In a statement, Morgan said he was proud to endorse White for attorney general.

“Frank is a friend and strong supporter of the law enforcement community in Florida,” Morgan said. “His dedication to supporting law enforcement and upholding the rule of law will make Frank an outstanding Attorney General. I look forward to supporting Frank throughout his campaign.”

Morgan “has shown a relentless pursuit of justice in law enforcement that serves as a model for me and everyone who cares about keeping Florida’s families safe,” White said.

White has also received endorsements from most of his fellow Gulf Coast state representatives, including Jayer Williamson, Mel Ponder, and Brad Drake — though Rep. Clay Ingram has declared for Moody. White’s other endorsements include Northeast Florida reps Cyndi Stevenson and Cord Byrd and Rep. Ralph Massullo of Citrus County.

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