Allison Miller enters race to succeed the late Bernie McCabe
Allison Miller.

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This race will be the first time in 30 years voters will have a choice for State Attorney.

Public defender Allison Miller is entering the race for Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney — a seat that opened after the death of former State Attorney Bernie McCabe in January. 

Miller will be up against State Attorney Bruce Bartlett, who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill the position after McCabe’s death. This race will be the first time in 30 years voters will have a choice for State Attorney. The candidates are looking to fill out the remaining two years of McCabe’s unexpired term in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

As a criminal justice reform advocate, Miller is running on the principle of modernizing the court, she said in a statement.

As a seeker of justice for all, I am committed to reforming the State Attorney’s office,” Miller said in a statement. “The 6th circuit sends more people to prison than any other circuit in Florida, yet our crime rate continues to rise.”

In addition to working as a capital case coordinator in the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender’s Office, Miller serves as resource counsel for nonprofit Suzerain Capital Defense. She also serves on the faculty of nationally renowned capital defense organizations, where she continues to advocate for criminal justice reform.

She is recognized by the Florida Bar as an expert in criminal trial law and has coauthored bipartisan legislation to prevent the death penalty’s application to the seriously mentally ill.

“What worked in the 1980s does not work in the modern world. We must work toward a goal of social justice, removing race as a barrier to fair and equitable prosecution,” she said in a statement. “We can and we must do better. It is in that spirit that I am launching my campaign to be the next State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida.”

Miller has already gained backing from several bipartisan leaders from across the circuit and state, including former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez.

“In the 25 plus years that I have known Allison, I have found her to be a tireless advocate for justice,” Martinez, a Republican, said in a statement. “Whether as a colleague or as a friend, she has proven time and time again that her dedication to the field of law, her integrity and her skills as a litigator are second to none.”

Former state Rep. Amanda Murphy, a New Port Richey Democrat, also offered an endorsement along with praise from Pinellas County Democratic Party Chair Lucinda Johnston.

“While the local Democratic Party cannot ‘officially; endorse her candidacy until we are sure that she will be the only Democrat in the race, I am personally thrilled to see someone of Allison Miller’s experience and integrity enter this race,” Johnston said in a statement. “This office has gone unchecked and unchanged for far too long and Allison will be exactly the breath of fresh air needed to affect positive change.”

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Ron Ogden

    June 3, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    There is a reason why this “first time in 30 years voters will have a choice for State Attorney.” The reason is that the late Bernie McCabe and his team, highlighted by his long-serving and very trusted Chief Assistant Bruce Bartlett, provided and continue to provide such solid, effective, responsible, forward-looking and efficient service in the defense of public safety that no Democrat has ever come close to finding a reason to oppose them. With the looming Republican sweep in the 2022 elections, this candidate’s ambition seems quixotic at best.

    • X

      June 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      I have to assume you’ve never worked within the criminal justice system in the 6th if you think the SAO has provided solid, effective, responsible, forward-looking efficient service. Prosecuting children as adults, prosecuting and convicting people just just to assuage community unrest when you’re unsure that person is the right person, putting roadblocks in place to uncovering the actual truth when someone has been wrongfully convicted…these things are not effective, responsible or forward-looking. And it certainly hasn’t reduced crime.

  • Eileen Bennett

    June 15, 2021 at 10:02 am

    I totally.respect Ms.Millers approach to changing our system..Berni McCabe was in office way to long. Prison reform needs to be put in action..Thier have been no changes for the disease of addictions and mental health issues..this is long overdue..our jails and prisons are full of addicts time offenders for Marijuana..multiple dui offenders..mental illness..however, our jails and prisons will medicate them after they are housed but not present to the court.t..he present answer is incarceration…punisment..not rehabilitation…which needs to be addressed… the majority in our system are African American males…our facilities are overcrowded with these offenders that have never been offered or given this opportunity. As a conservative Rebublican my sincere wishes are for Ms Millers success in her campaign and election in 2022.

  • Eileen Bennett

    June 15, 2021 at 10:04 am

    I would like to be a part in Ms Millers campaign.

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