Since entering the race formally in January, Hillsborough County Democratic State Attorney hopeful Andrew Warren had raised more money in the first quarter of the year than 16-year GOP incumbent Mark Ober.
That reign ended in April, however, as Ober raised $26,425 to Warren’s $14,477. Overall, Ober has brought in more than $205,000; Warren has raised more than $141,000.
That’s not the only good news for Ober. On Thursday, he received the endorsement of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association.
“It is with great pleasure that the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association endorses you as a candidate,” said Anthony Holloway, President of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association. “As an active and respected member of our board of directors, we are well aware of your reputation and wholeheartedly believe you possess all the qualities necessary to perform the duties of the State Attorney to the best of your ability at all times.”
“The Tampa Bay Area Police Chiefs Association counts among its members many of our region’s law enforcement professionals,” Ober said in a statement. “I have been honored to serve alongside these talented men and women, as together we strive every day to keep our communities safe and secure. I am grateful for their endorsement and support and am thankful for their commitment to serve the residents of our region.”
Ober has barely been challenged since his initial election in 2000, but the 39-year-old Warren, a former federal prosecutor, has shown himself to date to be a formidable contender to date.