Prosecutor Running for Reelection After DeSantis Suspended Him

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( – Nearly two years ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) removed a Florida prosecutor who he accused of refusing to enforce the abortion laws in the state. Now, that prosecutor has announced he’s seeking reelection.

In 2022, Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren (D) was booted from office for “neglect” of his responsibilities following a reported choice to not enforce an abortion and transgender surgical procedure state ban. Warren is now hoping that he will be able to return to his job. He is currently going through legal battles as a result of his ouster, according to The Hill.

In his announcement video, Warren said that in 2020, he was reelected to serve as the state attorney because people had already “believed in [his] vision.” He added that he had been successful in his position, with crime decreasing by 30 percent, and dangerous people being taken off the streets. He said that during his time in the role, Hillsborough became the safest big county in the state.

He continued by saying that on August 2022, DeSantis decided to dismiss the vote of the people. He accused DeSantis of having him “illegally” suspended from office “under armed guard.”

State Attorney Susan Lopez (R) is going to be running for the position against Warren. She was the individual who took over the role when Warren was removed in 2022.

He continued by pointing out that this was not the end of their fight. He argued that Lopez was chosen by hand based on “blind” loyalty to DeSantis, and declared his intention to serve the people of the county.

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