Former police chief Jane Castor and businessman David Straz each unleashed a slate of endorsements from local associations and leaders Friday as the race to succeed Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn heats up.

Castor’s crop included former police chiefs Steve Hogue and Bennie Holder, former assistant police chiefs Bob Guidara and Mary O’Connor as well as former Tampa fire chief Tom Forward. The quintet of veteran first responders announced their support outside of the R.I.C.H. House at Robles Park.

Houge attested to Castor’s work as the assistant chief when he held the top job at the police department, saying that “running a large organization with a large budget like the department successfully is no easy task, but it was one Jane performed flawlessly.”

“I’m proud to be voting for Jane for Mayor this March—with her proven leadership at the helm, I know that Tampa will be in good hands,” he continued.

Holder touted Castor’s leadership “on and off the force,” while O’Connor said that Castor “is not only an incredible leader, a role model and a friend, but also a mentor when I first began my career in law enforcement.” Forward, meanwhile, lauded Castor for her

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