Big get: Chris Sprowls adds AG Pam Bondi to growing list of supporters for HD 65 run

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It’s what they call a “big get.”

Chris Sprowls received another high-profile GOP endorsement when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced her support in Sprowls’ bid for Florida House District 65.

Sprowls, one of the rising stars of the Florida GOP, is looking to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmermann in 2014.

In addition to adding Bondi to the list of supporters and well-wishers, Sprowls has also proved to be a shrewd fundraiser, raising more than $83,000 so far for his campaign effort.

House District 65 covers north Pinellas County and the cities of Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.

“I am pleased to support my friend, and fellow prosecutor Chris Sprowls for Florida House District 65. Chris has served on the front lines seeking justice, working to put criminals behind bars where they belong and keeping the citizens and families of Pinellas and Pasco counties safe,” Bondi said in a statement. “His experience will be a tremendous benefit to District 65, and he would be a valuable addition to the Florida House of Representatives.”

“Having the support of our Attorney General who has spent her life committed to the cause of justice, is truly an honor,” Sprowls responded. “I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with her to free our streets from pill mills and synthetic drugs, protect our kids from exploitation, and renewing Florida’s commitment to a smarter- more efficient justice system.”

Sprowls is currently a prosecutor for Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit, assigned to the Gang Unit. His litigation experience includes successfully prosecuting dozens of cases such as drug trafficking, crimes against children, and murder.

A native of Tarpon Springs, Sprowls is a graduate of the Stetson University College of Law and previously served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, representing 60,000 members.

Bondi joins a long list of government and community leaders in west central Florida as a strong conservative coalition backing Sprowls, including prominent names like Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, State Attorney Bernie McCabe and Republican state Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes, as well as Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.