BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - In the race for Broward County State Attorney, a long-time incumbent is facing off with a well-known attorney who is throwing his hat in the race for public office yet again.
Incumbent Michael Satz, a Democrat, is running against Republican challenger Jim Lewis.
Chances are if you live in Broward County, you know Satz' name.
"There is no substitute for experience. I know this community and I know the people involved this community," Satz said when he sat down with Local 10's Jen Herrera.
Satz has been the state attorney in Florida's second largest county for the past 36 years.
"I have a passion for it. It gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the community," said Satz.
According to Satz, the biggest accomplishments of his time in office include aggressively prosecuting those accused of violent crimes and corruption.
"I think we have contributed to the quality of life in Broward County and in South Florida, and we work very hard to keep this community safe," said Satz.
"I think it's important that the next state attorney for Broward County really know both sides, and I think that gives me a good sense of justice," Lewis told Herrera.
Lewis spent the first 12 years of his legal career as a prosecutor and the last 20 as a defense attorney. Some of his cases include high profile ones like defending Lionel Tate in the then 12-year-old's murder trial.
"I know what it's like to fight against all odds. Some people may say this election is fighting all odds being a Republican in a very Democratic county," Lewis said.
If elected, Lewis said he knows what he would do differently.
"I think Mr. Satz is probably a little too hard on drug addicts that aught to be the last resort, not first resort," Lewis said.
Lewis has ran for Florida Attorney General and mayor of Fort Lauderdale in the past.
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