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Josh Rydell is taking the leap from Coconut Creek Commissioner to Broward State Attorney.

South Florida

Broward state attorney race: Joshua Rydell brings in money, endorsements

“This campaign is building incredible momentum.”

Coconut Creek Commissioner and former Mayor Joshua Rydell announced Tuesday he hauled in $54,000 in first month has a candidate for Broward State Attorney.

That’s thanks in part to a $5,000 loan from Rydell to his campaign. Rydell is one of several candidates looking to replace Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz, who has served in that role for more than four decades.

“This campaign is building incredible momentum because people are responding to our message of reforming the criminal justice system to ensure equal justice for all; reducing the overall rates of recidivism and crime; and doing more to keep our community safe,” Rydell said in a statement on his fundraising numbers.

Rydell also announced a new trio of endorsements from Broward Mayors Tuesday. Mayors Bill Ganz of Deerfield Beach, Rex Hardin of Pompano Beach and Josh Levy of Hollywood are all backing Rydell’s campaign.

That builds on more than two dozen endorsements already announced by Rydell’s camp, including from Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen and several state lawmakers.

Rydell kicked off his bid for the state attorney gig on Aug. 2. He was elected to his Coconut Creek City Commission seat in 2015, serving as the city’s Mayor from 2018 to 2019.

Rydell attended the University of Delaware before earning his J.D. from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. He also founded his own law firm covering several fields including criminal defense, personal injury and family law.

Among the other candidates competing in the contest are Assistant State Attorney David Cannady, defense lawyer Joe Kimok and former Assistant State Attorney Harold Pryor.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to

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