- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A former Florida judge is joining the race to replace Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Ashley Moody, a Republican, announced her candidacy on Monday. She opened her campaign account last week.

Moody resigned earlier this year from her post as a circuit judge in Hillsborough County. She was first elected back in 2006. She worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office as a prosecutor prior to her election.

Bondi is endorsing Moody according to the Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/2szxAR40 ) and said she “wholeheartedly” supports her.

Bondi can’t run for re-election because of term limits.

Moody becomes the second Republican to run for attorney general. Last month Rep. Jay Fant, a Jacksonville Republican, jumped into the contest.

Ryan Torrens, a Democrat and Tampa attorney who handles foreclosure cases, is also running.

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