Andrew Warren is the duly elected State Attorney for Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County/Tampa, FL. Elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020, Andrew Warren’s time in office has been defined by common-sense criminal justice reforms that prioritize public safety, fairness, and justice through an evidence-based, problem-solving approach.
On August 4, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blindsided Andrew Warren and the Tampa Bay community by unilaterally suspending Andrew from office. Claims made by DeSantis include that Andrew declined to prosecute cases related to an unconstitutional abortion ban and gender affirming healthcare laws that do not currently exist in Florida. Andrew has never had a case on these issues come before him. He simply exercised his right to speak out against them.
Ron DeSantis has nullified the votes of Hillsborough County residents by throwing out the results of the two fair and free elections that Andrew won to serve as State Attorney. This is DeSantis’ latest violation of the constitutional rights of Floridians to pursue his obsession with running for president. He has supported punitive measures against Florida businesses that dare speak out against his radical agenda, signed laws limiting free speech in Florida schools, and now is removing elected officials on baseless, political grounds.
Andrew filed suit in federal court to get his job back and to protect the rights of Floridians to have their votes count.
We must fight back now against Ron DeSantis’ abuse of power. If his attempt to overturn an election is not challenged, it would threaten the integrity and outcome of democracy throughout the state. The danger posed cannot be overstated. DeSantis cannot be allowed to throw out election results and nullify the people’s vote.