"I'm happy that he's running," said Vilariño, who filed in April to run for the seat. "That's what democracy is all about."
"When a  call comes in, whatever personal differences we have we put them aside and focus on saving lives," said Blanco, a lieutenant with
Blanco, 47, said he supports Trump, who he said is "trying to move the country in a better direction." But he said hyper-partisanship is preventing
Blanco said the recent success in
Oliva initially blocked the bill, but agreed under pressure to allow it to progress after Blanco and other firefighter union representatives launched a public relations campaign accusing the speaker of playing politics. Gov.
Blanco said he expects to have the support of local firefighters' unions, although there have been no formal votes taken. He said he informed the union's executive board of his decision to run for
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