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Mark Ober picks up endorsement from Bob Martinez in 13th Circuit race

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Republican Mark Ober picked up an endorsement from former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez and his wife Tuesday in the race for State Attorney in the 13th Judicial Circuit.

“We first met and supported Mark Ober for State Attorney in 2000. Mark and his talented team are professional in carrying out their duties as prosecutors,” the former governor said. “Mark is fair, honest and ethical as he carries out his prosecutorial responsibilities. We have been well served with Mark Ober as our State Attorney. He deserves your vote.”

Ober said he was “humbled and grateful” for the endorsement and that he was “thankful for the trust and confidence placed in me by Governor Bob and Mary Jane Martinez, and by so many residents of Hillsborough County.”

“I am honored to lead a talented team of professionals whose focus every day is to make Hillsborough County safer and more secure,” Ober said.

The incumbent State Attorney has held the position since 2000, and won re-election by the largest margin ever in 13th Judicial Circuit four years later. Ober went unopposed in 2008 and 2012.

In the 2016 cycle, he faces Democrat Andrew Warren, who filed for the seat in early January. Ober had about $173,000 on hand March 31, putting him ahead of his opponent, who finished the month with about $115,000 in his campaign account.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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