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Melissa Nelson offers first campaign statement in state attorney race

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.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

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