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Democratic Florida Attorney General candidate profiles

Attorney general

This attorney general primary features two state senators from South Florida who want to return the office to Democratic control after eight years under Republicans. It's the first statewide run for both candidates.

About the job: The attorney general is Florida's chief legal officer and manages the largest law firm in the state, about 475 lawyers. They deal with everything from consumer protection to Medicaid fraud. The agency also represents the state in legal matters, including appeals of inmate death sentences. The AG, as the post is informally known, is a voting member of the Florida Cabinet. Salary: $128,972.

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Dave Aronberg, 39

State senator, Greenacres
D Dan Gelber, 49

State senator, Miami Beach
Aronberg has been a senator since 2002 in an oddly shaped, moderate district that stretches from Fort Myers to Palm Beach. In the Senate, he has focused on consumer and privacy issues and protecting civil rights. Previously, he worked in private practice and was an assistant attorney general in Broward and Palm Beach counties under Bob Butterworth. He worked in the economic crimes division. Experience Gelber was elected to the Senate in 2008. Previously, he spent eight years in the House of Representatives, where he was minority leader from 2006-08. He has focused on criminal justice issues such as Florida's wiretap law, terrorism response laws and public corruption legislation. Before he was a lawmaker, Gelber worked in private practice and was an assistant U.S. attorney for eight years.
Bachelor's degree, Harvard University; Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School Education Bachelor's degree, Tufts University; Juris Doctor, University of Florida Law School
Aronberg says he wants to de-politicize the Attorney General's Office, crack down on "pill mills" and reform sex offender laws. He also wants to focus on consumer protection. Why are you the most qualified candidate? Gelber said his time as a federal prosecutor makes him "uniquely prepared" to be attorney general. In that role, he handled hundreds of cases against drug cartels, gangs and corrupt officials.
Yes. He argues the current policy, which allows many nonviolent former felons to get their rights back, is not carried out well enough. Do you favor changes that allow felons to regain civil rights faster? Yes. "Additionally, I support the automatic restoration of civil rights for most noncapital felons upon request."
No. Calling it a "frivolous lawsuit," Aronberg said, "I will not insult the fine attorneys who work (in the Attorney General's Office) by making it an arm of my political campaign." Would you continue the lawsuit against Obama's health plan? No. Gelber calls the suit an "ideological frolic." He adds, "Further, I think the reforms advanced by the U.S. Congress will go a long way in addressing Florida's health care crisis."
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Florida Police Benevolent Association; U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton; state Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood; 10 Democratic county sheriffs Who has endorsed your candidacy? Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston; several unions, Equality Florida; 10 state House members, future Senate minority leader Nan Rich, D-Weston
Two townhomes, $450,000; mutual funds and retirement accounts Assets Home, $840,000. Savings accounts, mutual funds
Two mortgages, $309,000 Liabilities Mortgage, $423,000. Credit cards, equity credit line
Earned $30,000 as a lawmaker and $20,000 from his law firm; also earned rental income Income In 2009, earned $30,000 as a lawmaker and $225,000 as a lawyer at Akerman Senterfitt
Single. Hobbies include golf, exercise and playing guitar. Personal Wife, Joan Silverstein. Three kids. Hobbies include basketball and playing Wii. Website E-mail

Democratic Florida Attorney General candidate profiles 08/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 3:10pm]
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