George Sheldon

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George Sheldon
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Former candidate for
Attorney General of Florida
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
Deputy Attorney General
ProfessionFormer Assistant U.S. Health Secretary, Attorney
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George Sheldon was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Florida in the 2014 elections.[1] George Sheldon lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Sheldon is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives. He was first elected to the state legislature in 1975 and served for eight years.[2]


Prior to announcing his 2014 candidacy for attorney general, Sheldon was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He has also served as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).[2]

An attorney by profession, Sheldon practiced law for over a decade and held the role of Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Services at St. Thomas University School of Law. His legal background also includes his appointment as Deputy Attorney General under former-Attorney General Bob Butterworth.[2]



See also: Florida attorney general election, 2014

Sheldon ran for Attorney General of Florida in 2014. Sheldon secured the Democratic nomination in the August 26 primary and faced Republican incumbent Pam Bondi in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


Primary election
Florida Attorney General, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Sheldon 60.7% 457,811
Perry Thurston 39.3% 296,907
Total Votes 754,718
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.
General election
Attorney General of Florida, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam Bondi Incumbent 55.1% 3,222,524
     Democratic George Sheldon 42% 2,457,317
     Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer 2.9% 169,394
Total Votes 5,849,235
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.


Debate media

October 6 debate
October 6 debate

Pam Bondi (R), George Sheldon (D) and Bill Wohlsifer (L) discussed their positions on medical marijuana and same-sex marriage and during a debate hosted by Tampa Bay News 9. A question about Amendment 2, a ballot measure that would allow medical marijuana in the state, divided the candidates into different camps. Bondi opposes Amendment 2 due to concerns about the legitimacy of medical marijuana prescriptions given recent action by the state against doctors providing unnecessary prescriptions through "pill mills." Sheldon criticized detractors like Bondi for drumming up hysterical criticisms of Amendment 2, while Wohlsifer argued that the measure should provide greater freedom for marijuana use.[4]

The debate brought up the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Bondi did not provide a clear stance on same-sex marriage, stating that her office had only received the court decision hours before the debate. Sheldon argued that Bondi should not defend the state's ban, saying that the government should "get out of the business of telling people who they can love."[4]


Governor of Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Pam Bondi* (R) George Sheldon (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
January 16-21, 2014
Gravis Marketing
April 23-25, 2014
AVERAGES 41% 36% 20% +/-4.65 749
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