7th Circuit State Attorney

Published On: Aug 02 2012 03:40:55 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 02 2012 03:55:38 PM EDT

Stasia Warren is challenging first term State Attorney R.J. Larizza for state attorney of the 7th Judicial Circuit, with includes St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties.

While both candidates are Republicans, no Democrat is in the race, so the Aug. 14 primary is open to all voters and the winner will be elected and serve a four-year term.

R.J. Larizza

AGE:  54

FAMILY:  Wife, Trish; son, Justin, and his wife, Lacie, and granddaughter Simone; daughter, Ashley, and her husband, Steve.

OCCUPATION:  State Attorney 7th Judicial Circuit

EDUCATION:  B.S. criminal justice, Troy State University (1980); Juris Doctorate law degree, Mercer University (1996)

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  Successfully ran for state attorney position in 2008

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "Public Safety - Maintaining and enhancing the safety and welfare of our families, friends and neighbors.
  2. "Since I took office we have achieved the highest conviction rate in the recorded history of the State Attorneys Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit.
  3. "Experience - I began my career in the criminal justice system as a Probation Officer with the Florida Dept. of Corrections. After 13 years of monitoring felony probationers I left the Department and my family and I traveled to Macon Ga., so that I could attend Law School at Mercer University. Upon graduation in 1996, I returned to St. Johns County and worked as an Assistant State Attorney and tried over 60 felony jury trials. After 6 1/2 years as a prosecutor I opened and built a successful private practice. In 2008 I successfully ran for the State Attorney position.

    "The State Attorney's Office has 220 employees spread out over 4 counties (Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns & Volusia). During the 2010 & 2011 calendar years combined, the office closed over 140,000 cases. Managing the largest law firm in the 7th Judicial Circuit is challenging. During my tenure we have charged more cases and dropped less, our conviction rate is up and crime is down. I have a proven track record of successful leadership."

HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  Larizza2012.com


Stasia Warren

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  Elected Volusia County court judge in 1990

FAMILY:  Widow of Dan Warren, former state attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit; 6 children and 8 grandchildren

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  StasiaWarren.com

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