- Attorney General Ashley Moody has been endorsed by 64 of the state’s 66 elected sheriffs
- Moody currently serves as the Chair of Florida’s Statewide Council on Human Trafficking
- She will face Democrat Aramis Ayala in November
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Thursday that 64 of Florida’s 66 elected sheriffs have endorsed her re-election campaign.
“Florida Sheriffs are pillars of our law enforcement community, and we owe a debt of gratitude to these selfless and dedicated leaders who risk their lives each day to protect and defend our state and our nation. Now is the time to defend, not defund, the police, and I am proud to always have their back as together we work to combat human and drug trafficking, opioid addiction, senior scams and more. Thank you, Florida Sheriffs, for your endorsement and I look forward to our work together over the next four years as we continue to build a stronger, safer Florida,” said Moody.
In a new release, Moody’s campaign touted being backed by 97 percent of elected sheriffs in the Sunshine State, noting that no other statewide or federal elected official or candidate had received such support. Some of the notable names backing her bid include Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, Orange County Sheriff John Mina, and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
“I am excited to support Attorney General Ashley Moody in her campaign for a second term as Florida’s Attorney General. General Moody has been a tremendous partner in providing law enforcement with the tools and resources we need to keep our Florida communities safe. She continues to lead lifesaving efforts in reducing human trafficking and dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable population. Florida needs Attorney General Ashley Moody,” added Chronister.
Moody, a fifth-generation Floridian, attended the University of Florida where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in addition to her law degree. She later attended Stetson University College of Law earning a Masters of Law in International Law.
She began her legal career with the law firm of Holland & Knight where she practiced commercial litigation. She would later join the United States Attorney’s Office prosecuting drug, firearm, and fraud offenses, before becoming the youngest judge in Florida when she was elected Circuit Court Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County in 2006.
Moody defeated former state Rep. Sean Shaw in 2018 to become Florida’s 38th Attorney General.
Following Tuesday’s primary, Moody will face Democrat Aramis Ayala in November.
Thank you, Florida Sheriffs, for your endorsement and I look forward to our work together over the next four years as we continue to build a stronger, safer Florida.
Now is the time to defend, not defund, the police, and I am proud to always have their back. pic.twitter.com/Ztjv4jconl
— Ashley Moody (@AshleyMoodyFL) August 25, 2022