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Andrew Warren to hold “listening tour” before he takes over as Hillsborough State Atty

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Newly elected Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren announced on Tuesday that he will be conducting a ‘listening tour’ with various stakeholders in the criminal justice community as he prepares to take office next month.

The 40-year-old Democrat topped 16-year GOP incumbent Mark Ober last month. In a statement, Warren says he intends to hold scheduled meetings with law enforcement officials, members of the legal defense bar, community leaders, and third party agencies who work with the State Attorney’s Office to discuss necessary changes within the criminal justice system and how best to meet the challenges ahead.

“During the campaign, I laid out my vision of how to build a safer community while promoting justice and fairness for all.  And I can’t do it alone,” Warren said. “We have a strong foundation for criminal justice reform — from our Sheriff and Police Chiefs to our judges to our Public Defender, defense bar, and our community leaders.  I pledge to listen and work with these stakeholders to make sure everyone’s voice is heard, because that is how we will succeed.”

The first such event will take place this Friday, but Warren is not making that information public. You can email him at info@VoteAndrewWarren.com to learn about the specifics.

“When our campaign ended, I told voters, supporters, and community leaders that I had one more request — stay involved,” Warren said. “Now we’re asking them to step forward and take an active role as we shape criminal justice in Hillsborough County. Whether you’re a professional who can make a difference in the office, a community organizer ready to effect change, or a parent willing to lend your voice, we want you involved in this process.”

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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