Ed Brodsky will not have a clear field in his bid to replace his longtime boss, Earl Moreland, as the local state attorney,.
Bradenton defense attorney Peter Lombardo, a former prosecutor who rose to the rank of felony division chief with the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office, last month filed to run for the seat being vacated by Moreland, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.
Moreland is not seeking a seventh term and has endorsed his chief deputy Brodsky in the 2012 election. Both Brodsky and Lombardo are running as Republicans.
The 12th Judicial Circuit is comprised of Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
Lombardo drew headlines in May 2010 when he and his wife Maria were arrested on charges that they were operating unlicensed assisted living facilities in Bradenton.
Two months later, however, the case was dismissed after the Hillsborough County state attorney's office determined that civil remedies were more appropriate than a criminal prosecution. Moreland's office had recused itself from the case because of possible conflicts of interest.
For more about Lombardo, watch this video ad for his law practice in which he talks about his experience: