Jeb Bush backs Taylor for Clay County Sheriff

Jeb Bush backs Taylor for Clay County Sheriff

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
August 2, 2019

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has weighed in the contested Republican primary race for Clay County Sheriff, throwing his support behind 30-year law enforcement candidate Mike Taylor.

During his campaign kickoff event in Green Cove Springs, Taylor announced the Bush endorsement, telling reporters that he was “humbled” to receive Bush’s support.

“I’m humbled that he would think enough of me, my experience, and my vision, to support me,” said Taylor “And I’m grateful.”

Taylor is challenging embattled incumbent Sheriff Darryl Daniels, who is currently under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for allegedly having his mistress detained or arrested by his deputies.

Daniels’ wife recently filed for divorce after learning about the affair.

During his address to some 100+ supporters and well-wishers, Taylor pointed out that violent crime had increased 7% in the county under Daniels, but in surrounding counties, the crime rate had fallen.

“As your sheriff. I care about you, I care about your dreams, I care about your goals. I care about your safety.”- Mike Taylor

Taylor also said that he would rectify the crime problem by using “intelligence-led policing” that he said will “improve the quality of life” for residents of Clay County.

“Criminals are coming into Clay County because it’s easy pickings,” said Taylor

Like Daniels, Taylor promised to hire “more deputies on the road,” but also said that he would consider leaning out a “top-heavy” administrative staff and its support component.

Taylor added that in his first 30 days as sheriff, he would conduct “a top-to-bottom review of every person and program that is being implemented today.”

In other words, Taylor looks to clean house.

According to the Clay County Supervisor of Elections, Taylor joins Harold Rutledge and Ben Carroll as the only individuals to have already announced their candidacy for Sheriff.

Current Sheriff Daniels has not yet filed.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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