Another Dem enters Fla. AG race

John O'Brien Jun. 8, 2009, 4:00pm


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida state Sen. Dan Gelber will run for attorney general next year, becoming the second Democrat to enter the race.

Gelber officially announced his candidacy Monday, though he had previously mulled a run at the U.S. Senate seat being sought by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. Ultimately, Gelber decided against it.

Last week, another state senator, Dave Aronberg, announced his campaign. They are trying to fill the vacancy that will be left by Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican who is running for governor.

"After spending nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor, the job of Attorney General is a place where I believe I can best serve our state," he said Friday before officially announcing.

Gelber was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2000 and previously worked as a federal prosecutor.

Aronberg, meanwhile, has experience as an assistant attorney general, beginning his work in the office in 1999.

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