- 17th Judicial Circuit
- 2020 election
- Broward County
- Broward County State Attorney
- Broward State Attorney
- David Cannady
- Gregg Rossman
- Harold Pryor
- James Stewart Lewis
- Joe Kimok
- Joshua Rydell
- Justin McCormack
- Nikki Fried
- Sarahnell Murphy
- Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
- Sheila Alu
- State Attorney
- Teresa Fanning-Williams
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is backing Coconut Creek Commissioner Joshua Rydell in the 2020 contest to be Broward County’s next State Attorney.
“During my time as an assistant public defender in Alachua County, I saw firsthand how broken and unfair our state’s criminal justice system can be,” Fried said.
“That’s why I’m supporting Joshua Rydell for State Attorney. He understands the serious problems facing the system and I know he’ll bring a fresh approach to keeping Broward County safe while also working to end mass incarceration, reduce recidivism and stop discriminatory sentencing.”
The State Attorney’s race in the 17th Judicial Circuit — which covers Broward County — is the most competitive in the entire state with 10 candidates qualifying for the contest.
That’s in part because it will be the first open race in more than 40 years. Broward State Attorney Michael Satz has served in that role for the past four decades, but has decided not to run for reelection.
Rydell is one of eight Democrats gunning for the job in the liberal-leaning county.
That makes Fried’s endorsement a big get. She’s currently the highest-ranking Democrat in the state and the only Democrat to win statewide office in 2018.
“As an accomplished attorney and now as Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nikki Fried has shown a commitment to improving the lives of all Floridians,” Rydell said.
“I am proud to have her endorsement and I look forward to working with her whenever possible as our county’s next State Attorney.”
Also competing for the Democratic nomination are David Cannady, Teresa Fanning-Williams, Joe Kimok, James Stewart Lewis, Justin McCormack, Sarahnell Murphy and Harold Pryor.
Gregg Rossman is the only Republican running, while Sheila D. Alu filed as a non-party affiliated candidate.
Rydell has outraised the field so far, pulling in more than $218,000 through April 30. He has more than $170,000 of that still on hand.
Pryor has raised the second most with more than $101,000. That’s slightly ahead of Murphy’s $95,000 haul. The two each have just under $70,000 remaining in their respective campaign warchests.
Rydell has also courted endorsements from Sen. Kevin Rader and Reps. Michael Gottlieb and Dan Daley.