State Senator Ed Hooper lent his support and endorsement to Pasco County Commission candidate Gary Bradford today. Hooper is a well-known and respected member of the Florida Senate who represents West Pasco County.
“Gary Bradford is a friend and a true conservative. I know he will represent the needs of Pasco County and its citizens well. I look forward to working with him to keep taxes low, reduce traffic congestion and protect our unique quality of life,” Hooper said.
“It is an honor to have Senator Hooper’s support,” Bradford stated. “Senator Hooper is one of our finest public servants, beginning his career as a first responder and since dedicating his life to helping and protecting our community. Senator Hooper and I will work to make sure our first responders have the tools they need to keep all of Pasco safe and find the funding to finally end West Pasco’s flooding challenges,” Bradford added.
Gary Bradford has over 38 years of experience in the first responder community, primarily serving the Tampa Police Department from 1982 to 2007 as a law enforcement officer. After retirement in 2007, Gary started Bradford Group, a government relations firm specializing in advocacy for the men and women of the first responder community.
Bradford has been working closely with the first responder community advocating for the first responder community in Tallahassee, various county commissions and city councils. In Tallahassee, Bradford is part of the Florida Benevolent Association’s lobbying team that represents over 33,000 law enforcement officers, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, probation officers, Florida Wildlife Commission officers, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and various other first responder units.
Bradford rose through the ranks to major management community relations positions. These positions included various assignments such as Police Officer, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Hostage Negotiator (Tactical Response Team), Patrol District Corporal, Community Relations Corporal, and Senior Detective. Gary and his wife Deborah have called Land O’ Lake’s home for over 20 years.