SARASOTA - In the race for State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit, two men were hoping to replace Earl Moreland, who is retiring after 24 years on the job.
His hand-picked successor, Republican Ed Brodsky, held off the challenge Tuesday night from Democrat John Torraco.
Brodsky wins the position with a solid 55% of the vote.
We talked with both candidates Tuesday night about the race and the results.
"I'm extremely grateful to the State Attorney's Office, the community for their warm support of my candidacy, and my family for supporting me all the way," said Brodsky.
"I think there have to be changes made in the State Attorney's Office. We can work toward those changes regardless of my loss," said Torraco.
The 12th Judicial Circuit includes all of Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties.
Brodsky is currently the chief assistant state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit, and a 20-year veteran prosecuting all divisions. “My opponent, quite frankly, has never prosecuted before. I think public safety is important, so I really think that's something they need to strongly consider when they decide who their next state attorney is going to be, and day one I've always said, as a state prosecutor, shouldn't be as the elected state attorney.
John Torraco has taught law full time at State College of Florida since 2004 and opened his own law office practicing civil and criminal law in federal and state court.