Melissa Nelson, new to the 4th Circuit race for State Attorney, offered the following statement Monday to explain the purpose of her candidacy.
As a former prosecutor and an attorney, I have dedicated my career to protecting the public and to safeguard Constitutional rights. I proudly announce my decision to run for State Attorney as a continuation of my commitment to core, conservative principles.
Here in Northeast Florida, we are blessed to call a special place our home. But this community deserves more from our State Attorney. We deserve someone who will make our neighborhoods safe, guarantee a criminal justice system that is tough but fair, and serve with an unwavering commitment to upholding the Constitution.
In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to sharing with the people of this community my record of service seeking justice as a prosecutor and standing up for the rights of individuals. I will offer a vision and a plan to bring integrity, accountability and transparency to the office of State Attorney.
My message is clear: we can do better, and I will be a State Attorney the people can be proud of.
Nelson’s statement is short on specifics, and seems to promise a positive campaign driven by a discussion of issues. It’s telling that it doesn’t mention the incumbent, Angela Corey.