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Aronberg Running, Gelber Considers Options

State Sen. Dave Aronberg said Thursday that he will run for attorney general next year, entering his first statewide race.

Aronberg, a Democrat from Greenacres, who worked in the economic crimes unit under former AG Bob Butterworth, touted his record as a consumer advocate and said in a news release announcing his candidacy that he is passionate about fighting crime.

"Corporations have their attorneys and criminals have their attorneys," Aronberg said. "I will be the people's attorney."

Aronberg, 38, is a native Floridian and a graduate of Harvard, where he also got his law degree. He has served as a White House Fellow, as Special Assistant to the U.S. Treasury Secretary and was elected to the state Senate in 2002.

Meanwhile, State Sen. Dan Gelber said Thursday that he will make a decision on whether to join Aronberg in the race for attorney general "soon," adding that "it's a safe bet," that he'll run.

Gelber last weekend dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate and had been talking with other prominent Democrats about trying to avoid costly and draining primary races.

"I had hoped that we could avoid the circular firing squad approach," Gelber said. "But it looks like it's unavoidable."

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