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.