A former Hillsborough County judge who traded in her black robes in April has now made it clear what she wants her next job to be. Ashley Moody filed campaign papers on Thursday to run for Florida attorney general in 2018.
Moody, a Republican, was elected to the 13th Judicial Circuit in 2006. At the time, she was the youngest judge in Florida.
She's now running for an influential seat on the Florida Cabinet, seeking to replace another Hillsborough County Republican, Pam Bondi. Bondi will have to leave office because of term limits.
Moody joins a field that already includes Republican state Rep. Jay Fant of Jacksonville and Democrat Ryan Torrens of Tampa.
Back in April, when Moody resigned from the bench, she hinted to Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton about a big announcement in the future. "I felt like it was time to serve our community and system of justice in different ways," she said.
The filing will allow Moody to begin raising campaign money. She has lined up Tampa accountant Nancy Watkins, who handles many prominent Republicans' books, as her treasurer.