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Larizza-Tanner Interview by Marc Bernier

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Popular talk show host, Marc Bernier interviewed R.J. Larizza and State Attorney John Tanner during his show earlier today. Larizza, a former corrections officer turned prosecutor and now a private attorney is trying to unseat his former boss, incumbent Tanner, who is now in his fourth elected term as Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney.

R.J. Larizza

R.J. Larizza

Both Larizza and Tanner are on a republican ticket which will be decided on the August 26 primaries. Since there is no contender from any other party, this election will determine the next State Attorney.

Marc Bernier is the host of The Marc Bernier Show, which airs weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on WNDB-AM 1150 Daytona Beach. Bernier has been recognized as one of Talk Magazine's Top 100 Talk Show Hosts in America. The show includes calls and questions from local residents.

Here is the interview of Larizza and Tanner:

Part 1

Part 2

About the 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney

John Tanner

John Tanner

The State Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer in the 7th Judicial Circuit. He is charged with reviewing reports of criminal offenses submitted by law enforcement agencies, filing criminal charges in county and circuit court, disposing of those charges by plea or trial, recommending sentences to judges and providing assistance to crime victims to the extent possible. The State Attorney has offices in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties (Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach). Annual Salary: $154,000, Term: 4 years

Additional Comments

Tanner's campaign has suffered multiple blows as a result of an alleged personal vendetta by Tanner against Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. Tanner has also been reluctant to prosecute corruption cases in Daytona Beach. Among Tanner's supporters are various special interest groups that have benefited greatly with diverse city contracts, sales and purchases of city properties, and overall preferential treatment in receiving financial benefits from the public trust.

Multiple complaints have been filed with Tanner's office for corruption and fraud against Daytona Beach city officials. To date none of these complaints has been prosecuted. Despite overwhelming evidence of malfeasance in city hall, it seems Tanner's office is more concerned with the political fallout at upsetting his supporters than in enforcing the law. Larizza is widely supported by the law enforcement community, a critical element in the success of the job.

Daytona Beach needs fundamental changes to stop its decline. Only with a truly impartial State Attorney can we achieve that.

Vote wisely on Tuesday.

Additional Sources:
Orlando Sentinel: We think: State Attorney John Tanner's appeal is wasting taxpayer money
DeLand-Deltona Beacon: State Attorney will be elected in Aug. 26 Primary
Orlando Sentinel: State Attorney's Office, 7th Circuit
Associated Content: John Tanner - The Man Who Prayed with a Killer

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