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.