Simone Marstiller Decides not to run for Attorney General

by | Jun 20, 2017

A former judge on the 1st District Court of Appeal has decided against entering the race for Florida Attorney General.

Last month, Simone Marstiller told The Capitolist she was “weighing her options” for a possible run for what she called her “dream job.”

                 Simone Marstiller

However, Marstiller says she “has reluctantly concluded that running for the office (attorney general) just isn’t financially feasible for me.

“Thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of you for encouraging me and pledging your support. I am blessed beyond measure to have people like you in my life,” Marstiller told supporters in a prepared statement..

The Tallahassee Republican began her legal career working for the state in 1996 in various legal capacities after graduating from Stetson University College of Law.

She served in the administration of Jeb Bush as his assistant general counsel and was later named by Bush to head up the Department of Management Services and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation . Marstiller also served as deputy chief of staff for Bush and later as the state’s chief information officer.

She also served as associate deputy attorney general under former Attorney General Bill McCollum.

She was later named as the executive director of the Florida Elections Commission before Gov. Charlie Crist appointed her to the 1st  District Court of Appeal where she served for six years.

She is now in private practice.

Current Attorney General Pam Bondi is term-limited in 2018.

Three candidates have announced their intentions to run for the seat. They are state Rep. Jay Fant of Jacksonville and former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody, both are Republican. Tampa attorney Ryan Torrens has filed to run for the seat as a Democrat.



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