Firefighters from West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton endorse Jack Latvala

Republican governor candidate Jack Latvala talks to reporters in Hialeah after kicking off his campaign.

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, today announced three more endorsements from local firefighter unions for his 2018 Republican gubernatorial bid.

The West Palm Beach International Association of Fire Fighters Local 727, Boca Raton IAFF Local 1560 and Boynton Beach IAFF Local 1891 are endorsing Latvala, who earlier scored endorsements from Miami IAFF Local 587 and Orlando Professional Firefighters Local 1365.

Latvala’s main GOP rival, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, has been endorsed by the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County, which represents 2,500 first responders in unincorporated areas and some municipalities.

Latvala and Putnam have opened 2018 campaigns for the GOP nomination for governor and could be joined in the Reppublican race by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast.

Three Democrats running for governor — Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Chris King — will appear today at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch in West Palm Beach.

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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