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Published On: Wed, Aug 29th, 2018

Florida Elections 2018: Ashley Moody beats Frank White in GOP race, will face Sean Shaw

Leading Republican candidate for Attorney General Ashley Moody won Florida’s primary election with 57 percent of the vote over primary opponent, State Rep. Frank White’s 43 percent, with approximately 1.5 million votes counted at 9:30 p.m. EST this evening. State Rep. White spoke with Ashley Moody and congratulated her in her primary election win.

Ashley Moody

Family friends and supporters gathered this evening at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa, where Republican Attorney General candidate nominee Ashley Moody shared, “As the ‘top cop’ in Florida, the Attorney General will work with federal and state law enforcement officers and prosecutors to tackle crime and improve our justice system. I’m thankful to the nearly 90 percent of Florida’s Republican Sheriffs, the State Attorneys, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Police Benevolent Association, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association who honored me with their endorsement. I will always fight to ensure the brave men and women in law enforcement not only have the tools and training to accomplish their mission, but the necessary resources to protect their ranks.”

Moody continued, “I’ve been inspired by those I have met along the campaign trail who have personally been affected by the issues that motivated me to run – the opioid epidemic, abuse by scammers, trafficking, violence, and increased attacks on the men and women in law enforcement. I embarked on this venture knowing that I had the right experience and passion to move the ball on these tough issues, and I carry with me the great expectations of those who have trusted me and given me the great honor of their support.”

About Ashley Moody

Ashley Moody is a fifth generation Floridian and was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she earned her bachelors and masters degrees in accounting and juris doctor. She later attended Stetson University College of Law earning a Masters of Law in International Law. She began her legal career with Holland & Knight where she practiced commercial litigation. While at Holland & Knight, she was named one of Tampa Bay’s “40 under 40” distinguished lawyers for her professional and civic contributions. Ashley subsequently joined the United States Attorney’s Office prosecuting drug, firearm, and fraud offenses.

While a federal prosecutor, Ashley was commended by the DEA for prosecutorial excellence and outstanding initiative in drug law enforcement. In 2006, at the age of 31, Judge Moody became the youngest judge in Florida when she was elected Circuit Court Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. Ashley served as a circuit court judge for over a decade and during that time founded the Attorney Ad Litem program recruiting volunteer attorneys to stand in the place of parents who did not appear in court with their children and developed a mentoring program for at-risk children within the juvenile delinquency system.

Ashley also served as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law during her time on the bench. In 2015, Judge Moody was awarded the Florida Supreme Court’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award for her significant contributions to pro bono legal service.

Ashley lives with her husband, Justin, a federal law enforcement agent, in Tampa, Florida with their two sons, Brandon and Connor. For additional information, please go to www.ElectAshleyMoody.com

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