Clay County business owner and former County Commissioner Rob Bradley today announced his candidacy for the newly drawn Florida Senate seat that includes Clay, Alachua and Bradford Counties for the November 2012 election cycle. Bradley, a fourth-generation Clay County native, is a former criminal prosecutor with a long history of public service. Bradley currently serves on the board of directors for the Northeast Florida Community Hospice, the board of directors for the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and received a gubernatorial appointment to serve on the board of trustees of the St. Johns River State College.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our Northeast Florida communities by running for the Florida Senate,” said Bradley. “We continue to face very tough and trying times, and I believe it is time for our state leaders to step up and promote free enterprise policies that will help create jobs for the hardworking people of our state.”
“As a husband and father of three young children, I have a personal stake in making sure our needs as a community are well-represented and addressed in our state’s capitol,” said Bradley. “I have long fought for a more professional, efficient and sound government at the local level. With my family, and hopefully the voters of Northeast Florida, I am ready to take the fight to Tallahassee.”
Bradley, a University of Florida graduate, is currently a partner in the Orange Park law firm, Kopelousos and Bradley, P.A., and resides in Fleming Island, Fla. In 2007, he was appointed to the Clay County Board of County Commissioners where he brought stability and leadership to the commission, spearheading the charge for the largest property tax cut in county history and drafting the county’s first ethics code. Shortly thereafter, Bradley ran for, and won, the first-ever Clay County Commission Chairman position in 2008, with a record number of votes. Bradley’s extensive resume in public service includes serving as president of the Clay County Bar Association and chairman of the board of management of YMCA Barco-Newton.