The two candidates and their platforms:
1) Dave Aronberg.
- Graduate from Harvard Law School with honors in 1996.
- Currently a Florida Senator (since 2002).
- Assistant Attorney General in the Economic Crimes Division from 1999-2002.
- Wants to "de-politicize the Office of Attorney General and return its focus to public safety and consumer protection."
- He as "received national recognition" for his work to "close loopholes in Florida's sex offender laws."
- Supported a law that eliminates the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual violence.
- Will "tackle the problem of bullying in our schools."
- Opposes Senate Bill 6 saying it "was designed to punish teachers rather than improve public education."
- Sponsored the Choicepoint Bill which "required companies that maintain our sensitive personal data to alert us when our data is lost or stolen."
- Opposes the Ultrasound Bill which "would have required women to obtain and pay for an ultrasound in their first trimester - regardless of what their doctors recommended."
- As a State Senator, his office "returned more than $4 million to people who have been ripped off."
- Advocates focusing on mortgage and Medicaid fraud.
- Promises to use "every legal resource to make BP...pay for the damage they cause to Florida."
- Sponsored the "only ethics bill" that was passed this year. It "toughens the penalties for corruption at the local level."
FL Senate Website.
2) Dan Gelber.
- Elected to the Florida Senate in 2008.
- Member of the Florida House from 2000-2008.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1986-1994.
- Graduated from the University of Florida Law School.
- Volunteer Big Brother since 1985.
- "Prime author of the Silver Saver prescription drug plan that delivered an enlarged prescription drug discount to Florida seniors."
- Has "fought to protect Florida's class size amendment...and overuse of the FCAT."
- Create an Investment Fraud Unit to Protect "Seniors and Savers."
- "Protect the right to loan modification."
- Will "go after the social networking sites that cater to young people and compel them to remove registered sex offenders" as well as push for a law "making it a crime for a convicted sexual predator to use a social networking site."
- Will "employ every statute at [his] disposal to make sure that Florida is a party to all possible claims arising from the BP spill."
- Fight Medicaid fraud and shut down pill mills.
- Plays the Wii.
FL Senate Website.