Moore gets IFOP endorsement

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Chris Southwood of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, left, appears with Kyle Moore at a Thursday media event. The IFOP endorsed Moore for Illinois state representative — Submitted photo

QUINCY — Representatives from the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (IFOP) were in Quincy Thursday to announce their endorsement of Kyle Moore for State Representative in the 99th District.

“We are proud today to stand with Kyle,” said Chris Southwood, President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. “He displays the character and the qualities we would look for to endorse someone in this position.

Moore said he was grateful for the organization’s support.

“Over the last few years, we’ve seen too many examples where Chicago politicians made laws that are detrimental to our safety and take important tools away from our law enforcement community,” Moore said. “These laws are proposed and made, without consulting the very people they will affect the most. We’ve seen the enactment of the Safe-T act, over the well voiced concerns from law enforcement and citizens alike. Just this week, it was proposed that law enforcement should no longer be able to conduct traffic stops if someone is speeding or driving without plates. There are thousands of well documented cases that traffic stops have removed dangerous criminals from our communities and saved people from human trafficking. It’s no wonder why the law enforcement community feels their voice is not being heard in Springfield, and that needs to stop.”

Moore said he was committed to supporting law enforcement in Springfield.

“As a State Representative, my commitment is to do what I’ve done before as Mayor,” he said. “First, to listen to the needs of our law enforcement community. Second, to enhance their abilities to keep our communities safe. And third to be a voice for how laws in Springfield have real-life ramifications in our communities.”

Southwood said the FOP, which was founded in 1915, has a “strenuous” endorsement vetting process.

“The legislative committee has to come with a recommendation and then the actual endorsement vote is done by our full board of trustees,” Southwood said “Kyle was unanimously endorsed. That’s a rare thing, and that speaks to the high quality that we see in this young man and how much we support him in this venture.”

The FOP is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States and the Illinois FOP is the second largest State Lodge, representing more than 33,000 active duty and retired police officers.

Moore is running against Eric Snellgrove of Beardstown for the seat. The primary is March 19.

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