Sarasota, FL – This morning, respected attorney, community leader, and former prosecutor Betsy Young announced that she will run for State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit.
“We need a prosecutor we can trust to do the job right,” Young told her supporters on Tuesday morning. “It’s time to modernize our criminal justice system and elect an advocate who will listen to victims.”
Young is a former prosecutor in the office she is now running to lead. Her experience prosecuting thousands of felonies including violent crimes and complex white-collar crime. She has since become a respected defense attorney whose work focuses on Constitutional rights, ethics, and legal procedure. In an email to supporters, she laid out her vision for the office.
“When we elect new leadership and modernize the office, our community will be safer, our system will be more just and fair, our courts will function more efficiently, and victims will finally have a competent and compassionate advocate working for them,” she said. “Dysfunction and outdated policies are slowing down our justice system and wasting taxpayer dollars. I couldn’t sit on the sidelines anymore and watch our community fall further and further behind.”
As a former prosecutor in the office, Young knows many of the current and former prosecutors and staff who serve the people of Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties.
“I want to be clear, the issues we face aren’t a reflection on the individual prosecutors and staff in the office. They are also victims of poor leadership from the current administration,” Young said. “I’ve had many current and former employees share their experiences with me, so we’ve set up a page for them at www.BetsyYoung.Vote/BlowTheWhistle. I’d encourage anyone who has seen unethical or illegal behavior in the office to share their experience – it’s completely confidential.”
The Election for State Attorney will be held in November of 2020. The 12th Circuit encompasses all of Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties. For more information about Betsy Young, please visit www.BetsyYoung.Vote.
For convenience, the campaign has included a headshot here.