As the campaign enters a spring awakening period, two local judicial candidates have received the endorsement of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association. 

Betsy Benson and Lea Krauss both earned the endorsement of Broward County’s leading police union. Benson is seeking the bench in Broward County, group 13, while Krauss is campaigning for circuit court judge in district 17, group 9. Both women identify as lesbian and have practiced law in Broward County for many years.

“They are both well qualified to serve,” said Broward County PBA President Jeffrey Marano in a telephone call to SFGN last week.

Benson’s campaign issued a news release welcoming the union’s backing.

“The PBA works so hard on behalf of the police officers who serve our community, and I am truly honored to have their help as well!” Benson said in a statement. “Much of my 31 years of practice has been spent in the courtroom with law enforcement. Having their endorsement is gratifying and validating of my professionalism.” 

Through its affiliation with the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the Broward County PBA claims 26,000 members. The union was founded in 1972. 

Benson and Krauss are up for election on Aug. 30. According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, Benson has raised $96,266 -- far more than her challenger, Adriana Alcalde ($8,510).

Broward County Commissioner Marty Kiar, running for Property Appraiser, leads all announced candidates in fundraising with $343,333.