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Fox defeats Crowley for Republican State Attorney nomination

By Staff | Aug 28, 2018

After a dramatic campaign trail, one Republican has emerged: Amira Fox secured the party’s nomination for State Attorney 20th Judicial Circuit.

The 20th judicial circuit covers Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

Of the 436,915 registered voters in Lee County, 119,357 ballots were cast, making the voter turnout 27.32 percent.

In Lee County, Fox won by 59.84 percent with 39,706 votes; Crowley received 26,653 votes. Throughout the five counties, Fox received 57.07 percent of votes; Crowley, 42.93 percent.

There were no Democrats on the primary ballot for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court. Write-in candidate Joseph Hoffman closed the primary. He will face Fox on the November ballot.

Fox serves as the current Chief Assistant State Attorney and has spent 30 years in law practice.

She held a primary watch party at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort Tuesday evening.

“I’m feeling great,” she said as her win was secured. “I think it was the voters realizing that I worked really hard, I love this community, I raised four kids here and I will keep working hard to keep crime down.”

The campaign trail between two candidates was tense but Fox said she did the right thing in her strategy.

“I ran a positive campaign,” she said.

Crowley said he called Fox to wish her well after the results came in.

“Of course I’m disappointed, but we fought the good fight and I made a lot of good friends,” Crowley said.

Crowley was hit with a felony arrest just under three weeks before the primary. On Monday, Aug. 7, the candidate was arrested for alleged campaign finance violations for accepting a $670 raffle during a fundraiser. Although he repaid the money a week after he found out raffles are an illegal way to get money during a campaign, a tip in June sent in an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

After four hours behind bars, Crowley paid an $800 fine and agreed to a pre-trial diversion program. He said at the time, he didn’t believe the arrest would hurt his chances at the polls and accused his opponent and current State Attorney Stephen Russell for being behind the incident.

Both provided statements to the Breeze that they were not involved.

All election results are unofficial until certified.