UNION COUNTY — The Sixteen Circuit Solicitor and a former sheriff of Union County are among the latest current and former public officials and private citizens to publicly endorse the congressional candidacy of Tommy Pope.
In a statement released this week, Pope, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the US House of Representatives Fifth District Seat, announced the endorsements of more than 30 “Law Enforcement Leaders” from throughout the Fifth District.
“As a former police officer and solicitor, I am deeply grateful for the wide support I have received from our district’s law enforcement community,” said Pope. “These sheriffs, solicitors, officers, agents and coroners wake up every single day with two things in mind: enforce our laws and keep our people safe. In Congress, I will ensure they are protected and have the resources they need to fight those who wish to do us harm.”
Among those endorsing Pope are Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett and former Union County Sheriff William Jolly.
Brackett, a Republican, served as Deputy Solicitor under Pope from 1995-2006. When Pope retired from the office in 2006, Brackett was appointed to serve out Pope’s unexpired term, then won a term as Solicitor in his own right in 2008. He has since been reelected in 2012 and 2016.
Jolly, as a Democrat, served as Sheriff of Union County from 1981-1993.
Brackett and Jolly and their fellow Law Enforcement Leaders are among the latest endorsements announced by the Pope campaign.
Earlier this month, the campaign announced that Pope had been endorsed by 103 public servants, business, and friends from all 11 counties of the Fifth District.
Five of those endorsements were from Union County residents including Union County Supervisor Frank Hart and former Union County supervisor Tommy Sinclair. Hart is a Democrat while Sinclair was a Democrat while serving as supervisor but since leaving office has become a Republican.
The other Union County residents who endorsed Pope are philanthropist Barbara Rippy and community advocate Amy Austin and her husband, businessman Kendall Austin.
In endorsing Pope, Sinclair and the Austins pointed to his background in law enforcement, including his years as Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor, as among their reasons for supporting him.
The primary for the Republican nomination for the US House of Representatives Fifth District Seat will be held May 2. If now candidate gets a majority in the primary a runoff will be held May 16. The special election to fill the seat will be held June 20.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.