Brodsky wins state attorney race

Ed Brodsky won his bid Tuesday to replace fellow Republican Earl Moreland as state attorney of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Brodsky worked as a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office for more than 20 years in the misdemeanor, criminal traffic and juvenile divisions, and will replace Moreland, who opted not to seek re-election after serving six terms in office.

Although the final tally had not been calculated Tuesday, Brodsky said his opponent, Democrat John Torraco, called and conceded.

“I’m elated and certainly very pleased (with) the outpouring of support from the community,” Brodsky said. He said he plans to put greater emphasis on gang prosecution, and to focus on stiffer penalties for habitual offenders, institute a zero-tolerance gun-violence policy, and reduce “the pill mill epidemic.”

During the campaign, Brodsky attacked Torraco for his inexperience, saying he never worked as a prosecutor and lacks administrative experience, whereas Brodsky oversaw 72 attorneys with a staff of 160.

Torraco, whose experience included stints in the White House Office of Legal Counsel, the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk for two federal judges, ran on a platform of better prosecutorial and cost efficiency.

Torraco has said he would improve the trialconviction rate in the State Attorney’s Office, which is at 57 percent, among the lowest in the state of Florida. He also planned to bring improved transparency with the budget and postbudget expenditures online.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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