Evansville FOP announces mayoral candidate endorsement

Evansville FOP announces mayoral candidate endorsement
Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 9:34 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Cheryl Musgrave for mayor in the upcoming election.

Vice President Mark Saltzman says the order does not usually endorse a candidate before primaries but they felt Musgrave was the best candidate in their eyes. Saltzman explained the group unanimously supported Musgrave after interviewing each candidate.

“It became very clear to our committee that none of the other candidates could match the experience, the knowledge, and the foresight that miss Musgrave showed us,” said Saltzman.

Saltzman believes this will be a pivotal election for the future of the city and police department and that the election will be won during the primary.

In the May primary Musgrave is up against Natalie Rascher on the republican ticket. The winner will face Democrat Stephanie Terry in the November election.

Rascher set a statement after the announcement:

“I very much enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity I had to speak with both members of the FOP and their board. While I’m disappointed I did not receive an endorsement from their organization, I am still committed to backing the blue and doing everything I can as mayor to support more training opportunities, provide investment in new equipment, and increase pay and benefits, all while working hand in hand with leadership both within the department and within the FOP. They may not be backing me this time around, but I will always be backing them.”