Lance Block to run George Sheldon’s AG campaign

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Former Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon is tapping Tallahassee-area lawyer Lance Block as campaign manager in his bid to unseat Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2014.

“He’s my friend and his public service record is stellar,” Block wrote in an email to SaintPetersBlog. “He will make a great attorney general.”

A former state House representative from Tampa, Sheldon served as DCF head under Govs. Charlie Crist and Rick Scott, and from 2011 to 2013 worked in the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary at the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Block founded the Lance Block Law Firm, which specializes in civil trial law and legislative advocacy, and served as a legislative aide for Sheldon in the late 1970s, as well as running the Sheldon’s 1982 congressional campaign.

As an advocate for disabled children, Block was responsible in 2005 for one of the largest jury verdicts ever under Florida’s Bill of Rights for the Developmentally Disabled.

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