As a career prosecutor with more than two decades of service in the State Attorney's Office in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Ed Brodsky holds valuable experience in all of the office's divisions -- felony, misdemeanor and juvenile. At one time the 47-year-old Bradenton resident managed the Manatee County felony trial division.
Combined with his current position as chief assistant to retiring State Attorney Earl Moreland and other management positions, Brodsky's resume stands out. He also has administrative, budgetary and legislative responsibilities in the State Attorney's Office.
The Republican faces Democrat John Torraco in the November general election.
Torraco is a full-time adjunct professor of law at State College of Florida. The 41-year-old Sarasotan also works criminal defense cases but has not served as a prosecutor. This is his first run for office.
The 12th Judicial Circuit encompasses Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties. The State Attorney's Office is composed of 160 total staff and 72 attorneys working out of offices in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice and Arcadia. As chief assistant, Brodsky directs those four offices.
He holds the distinction of being Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar, the highest level of recognition of an attorney's competency and experience as judged by the state Supreme Court.
The circuit's top law enforcement officers endorse Brodsky, including Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube and Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski -- a sign of his competence and abilities to collaborate on issues of public safety. We agree with Brodsky that a strong working relationship with these and other agencies is imperative to successful prosecutions.
Brodsky vows to pursue chronic offenders, and to follow zero tolerance on all violence, especially with guns. The prescription pill epidemic, exploitation of the elderly and white collar crime are high priorities, too.
While Torraco questions the state attorneys current success, Brodsky notes that with guilty pleas the prosecutor has a 76 percent conviction rate. We challenge the veteran prosecutor to improve that rate should he win this election.
With his substantial courtroom and administrative experience and dedication to the prosecution of crime, Brodsky has a strong commitment to public safety and our quality of life.
The Herald Editorial Board recommends Ed Brodsky for state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit.
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