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Hillsborough State Attorney Dem hopeful Andrew Warren raises more than $50,000

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Mark Ober just might have himself a contested contest.

The longtime Hillsborough County State Attorney incumbent is running for another four-year term this fall, but the Democrats appear to have a legitimate opponent this time around in Andrew Warren.

The former federal prosecutor announced his candidacy last month, and his campaign announced Tuesday that he had raised over $50,000 from 150 donors in 27 days.

“I got into this race because all parents deserve a safe place to raise their children,” Warren said in a statement. “We need a State Attorney who’s dedicated to justice and will fight every day for the rights of victims and families. I told our supporters that I needed their help to continue my service. They answered because they know my record, and they know how hard I’ll fight for Hillsborough.”

According to his campaign, Warren holds the record as the fastest-ever Hillsborough County Democrat to raise $50,000, as well as the first local candidate to raise so much money so quickly in over a decade.

Warren was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice before running for office.

So far, Ober has raised $120, 635.

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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