All 5 Republican members of Hillsborough Commission are backing Ashley Moody for AG - Florida Politics

All 5 Republican members of Hillsborough Commission are backing Ashley Moody for AG

Former Hillsborough County judge Ashley Moody just kicked off her campaign for Attorney General and is already building support amongst those who know her best – Republicans from her home county.

On Tuesday, Moody announced that all five Republican members of the Hillsborough County Commission – Stacy White, Sandy Murman, Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan and Victor Crist – are backing her campaign.

“As a native of Hillsborough County it is incredibly humbling to have such overwhelming support from our County Commissioners,” Moody said of the joint endorsement. “This county is a special place for me and my family.  It is where I was born and raised, it is where I practiced law and served on the bench and it is where my husband and I are raising our family.’

“These County Commissioners have spent their time in public service advancing fiscally conservative principles that prioritize spending on local government priorities, including public safety and our Sheriffs Office – giving our men and women in uniform the tools and resources they need to keep us safe and crackdown on crime,” Moody added.

The 42-year-old Moody is competing against Jacksonville state representative Jay Fant in the still very early race to succeed GOP incumbent Pam Bondi in 2018.

Fant raised $80,000 in May, his first month of entering the race.

While the consolidation of Republican elected officials in Hillsborough will help Moody locally, she has already claimed the support of perhaps the biggest Hillsborough Republican in the race from the jump – that being Bondi, who said last week that Moody is her chosen candidate to succeed her next year.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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