Incumbent R.J. Larizza (right) and challenger Don Dempsey (left) ran in 2020 for State Attorney in Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit. (Photos courtesy of the candidates)

R.J. Larizza Re-Elected As State Attorney In Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit


The race for the Florida’s State Attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit has ended with R.J. Larizza as the winner. Larizza unofficially won 65.34% of the votes and counting. Dempsey received 34.66% of the votes.

The circuit covers Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

Larizza thanked his supporters via his Facebook page expressing his appreciation and heartfelt thanks to those who supported him for another term.

“I am humbled by your confidence and trust in me. God bless you, God bless your families, and God bless America!”

Dempsey also took to Facebook thanking his supporters and congratulating Larizza.

“It was truly a pleasure to debate criminal justice issues with you in a clean and professional manner. You were a true gentleman throughout this campaign.”

Despite the election loss, Dempsey said he still plans to advocate for change. He also said Wednesday that he doesn’t think he will give up running for office.

“I guess maybe I have a different view of criminal justice than probably the majority of the state at this point,” he told WUFT, “but I think the momentum is growing towards reform.”

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