TAMPA — Karen L. Stanley, the former chief assistant state attorney in Hillsborough County, is running to become a judge.
Stanley announced her candidacy Tuesday in the election next year for Circuit Court Judge Group 20. She already has the support of her former boss.
"There is no one who is respected more among prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and the public than Karen," Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober said in a statement. "It is my honor to support her candidacy for judge, as there is no one more qualified."
A Tampa native, Stanley was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1989 and began as an assistant state attorney that year. In 2001, she was named chief assistant state attorney and has handled a variety of high-stakes cases, including death penalty cases.
Tampa lawyer Laura E. Ward also is running for the seat. The winner replaces retiring judge Sam Pendino.