State prosecutor Chris Sprowls announces he will run against Rep. Peter Nehr

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Looks like my friend Rep. Peter Nehr could actually have a race on his hands…From a press release:

Prosecutor Chris Sprowls, a Republican, will run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Sprowls, 28, is an assistant state attorney in he 6th Judicial Circuit serving Pasco and Pinellas counties. He has tried more than 40 jury trials involving serious felonies that range from child molestation, 10-20-life cases and kidnapping to drug trafficking, vehicular homicide and murder.

Most recently, Sprowls was the lead prosecutor in the trial of Betty Jo Tagerson, who was convicted of striking triplets with her vehicle in a front yard as they were playing, killing one and injuring two others. As a prosecutor, Sprowls advocates for victims and their families and gives them a voice during their most vulnerable hour.He graduated from the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law. As a law student, Sprowls served as a delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (the governing body of the ABA) and was subsequently elected national chairman of the ABA’s Law Student Division.

In that role, Sprowls was the chief spokesman for the ABA’s 60,000 law student members. As chair of the Law Student Division he worked tirelessly for veterans creating Duty Bound – a national program to assist veterans in receiving pro-bono legal services. He was also instrumental in the creation of Stetson’s Veterans Law Clinic. Upon graduation from Stetson Law in May 2009, Sprowls received the Edward D. Foreman “Most Distinguished” Student Award – the school’s most prestigious honor for a student.

“I am running because Florida is at a crossroads in our fight against the spread of prescription pills in our community, the cost of insurance on homeowners has spun out of control, and there is need in Tallahassee for leaders who are willing to fight against big special interests who seek to take advantage of Florida’s consumers,” Sprowls said. “As a prosecutor who has fought against gangs, drugs and those who take advantage of our most vulnerable citizens, this is a fight I am prepared to win.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.