Attorney Rob Bradley wins Fla. Senate seat
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:20 p.m.
Republican candidate Rob Bradley won his bid for Florida Senate District 7, which includes Alachua, Bradford and Clay counties.
Bradley, 42, a managing partner of the Orange Park law firm of Kopelousos and Bradley, defeated William Mazzota, 21, a University of Florida student, with 121,675 votes or 57.93 percent of the votes cast. Mazzota received 88,378 votes or 42.07 percent of the votes.
"I want to thank the voters for entrusting me to be their senator," Bradley said. "I will work very hard for them in Tallahassee."
Bradley, a former Clay County commissioner, resides in Fleming Island with his wife and three children.
Mazzota, who is majoring in environmental science and political science, was against cuts to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarshi program and UF tuition increases. He supported protecting the environment and the natural resources.
Mazzota said this experience may be the beginning of a long career in politics. "I learned a lot and met a lot of people," Mazzota said. "It's been an eye-opener and I'm very thankful for the experience and the knoweledge I gained."
Bradley said his main concern is the economy, with its high unemployment and underemployment. He supports higher education and plans to advocate for UF, Santa Fe College and Shands, which he said are centers for economic growth and innovation.
"I want to make sure government is doing all that can be done to create jobs and better jobs," said Bradley, adding that he supports offering incentives to encourage start-up companies in North Central Florida.
Bradley wants to support UF's ability to create innovative jobs, so that Alachua County can create job opportunities and keep its intellectual capital.
"We don't want too much regulation and taxation," Bradley said. "Florida is blessed with no income tax. It's very important we never have income tax."
Bradley, who received his bachelor's degree in telecommunications and his law degree from UF, wants to restore cuts to UF.
"I'm a Gator, third generation, and I want UF to remain the pre-eminent flagship university in the state," he said.