Former judge Ashley Moody has won the endorsement of the organization representing more than 1,000 of Florida’s top law enforcement executives in her campaign to be Attorney General. The Florida Police Chiefs Association, the third largest state police chiefs association in the nation, announced the endorsement Tuesday morning.
“As a former federal prosecutor and Circuit Court judge, Ashley Moody has shown dedication in bringing criminals to justice and upholding the law. She has the knowledge and experience our state needs to address complex public safety issues and has built strong relationships with police chiefs across Florida. The Florida Police Chiefs Association is proud to endorse Ashley Moody as our next Attorney General,” said Amy Mercer, Executive Director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.
Moody has won the backing of most of Florida’s top law enforcement organizations: 42 Republican Florida Sheriffs, Florida Police Benevolent Association, Florida Fraternal Order of Police, 12 State Attorneys and current Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“Law enforcement professionals need and deserve an Attorney General who has fought alongside them to put criminals behind bars and the experience to successfully help them accomplish their mission of keeping our communities safe. As Attorney General, I will work to ensure that those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us have the resources and support to do their jobs and protect their ranks,” said Moody. “I am sincerely honored to have the support of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and look forward to our work together ensuring a stronger, safer Florida.”
Moody faces State Representative and corporate attorney Frank White in the Republican Primary. The race has taken a negative turn with White accusing Moody of being a liberal and being soft on crime. Moody’s State Attorney supporters released a letter last week accusing White of being unfit for office.