Incoming Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is readying her team as she prepares to take over in Tallahassee.

With the support of term limited Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Moody, a Republican from the Tampa Bay area, defeated state Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, on Election Day two weeks ago. Bondi gave Moody her support early in the primary, helping her over state Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola. Moody, a former circuit court judge, took 52 percent on Election Day while Shaw pulled 46 percent.

On Monday, Moody tapped former Assistant United States Attorney John Guard, currently a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, to serve as the executive director for her transition team.

“The Transition Advisory Committee will focus on advising and gathering information on Moody’s top priorities as attorney general: the opioid epidemic, elder abuse, law enforcement, human trafficking, and mental health,” Moody’s office noted.

Having relied on the support of most of the sheriffs across Florida in her campaign against Shaw, Moody turned to several of them to help on her transition including Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, Glades County Sheriff David Hardin, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma and Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods.

The Transition Advisory Committee also includes State Attorneys Phil Archer, Brian Haas, RJ Larizza and Dennis Ward; former state Sen. Lisa Carlton; attorney Julie Hilton; business leaders Marty Lanahan and Renee Lopez-Cantera; Fernandina Beach Police Chief James Hurley; and Public Defender Diamond Litty.

“All Transition Advisory Committee members are not lobbyists and have been asked to agree to an ethics pledge that includes a one-year prohibition on lobbying the Office of the Attorney General. Transition Advisory Committee members are also advised their work product is subject to the state’s public records laws,” Moody’s office noted.


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