GOP lawmaker White enters attorney general race

Jacksonville Republican also vying to be state's top prosecutor

By The News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republican state Rep. Frank White, a general counsel and chief financial officer for a group of auto dealerships, announced Friday he will run for state attorney general in 2018.

White, a Pensacola resident who was first elected to the House in 2016, joins a GOP primary battle that includes state Rep. Jay Fant of Jacksonville and former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody.

White touted his conservative credentials for the statewide seat.

“In our hometowns, our state, and across the nation, liberals in the courts and our government are working to erode the rights given us by the Creator,” White said in a prepared statement Friday.

The Cabinet post is open next year because term limits prevent Attorney General Pam Bond from seeking reelection.

Democrat Ryan Torrens, an attorney from Hillsborough County, has also filed to run for the seat.

Moody has raised more than $1 million for the race through her campaign account and a political committee known as “Friends of Ashley Moody.”

Fant has nearly matched Moody's total by infusing his campaign with $750,000 of his own money.

White's announcement should open up the state House District 2 contest next year in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

White is the only Republican who had opened a campaign account for the seat.

Pensacola Democrat Raymond Guillory has also filed to run.

White, who raised $83,600 for the re-election effort, defeated Guillory by more than 20 percentage points in 2016.

News Service of Florida