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All registered voters will decide this election in the August 20, 2024 Universal Primary as no Republican entered the race. If you do not vote in August, you will lose your say in this race! The election will not go on to November.

Rocky Brancato has represented some of the most high-profile clients on some of this county's most serious cases. He is one of only a few attorneys in Hillsborough County qualified to serve as lead counsel on death penalty cases. He is endorsed by our longstanding Public Defender, Julianne Holt and Sheriff Chad Chronister. He has led a life of public service, both inside of the office and out.

Rocky worked his way up in the Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office, starting as a felony line attorney in 2003, after transferring from the Pensacola Public Defender's Office. He currently serves as Chief Operations Officer, the number two position in the office. He has worked in every bureau in the office and understands the job of the Public Defender better than anyone. Hillsborough County's Public Defender's Office is the largest criminal defense firm in the county and one of the largest in the state.

Over the years, Rocky has worked with criminal justice and juvenile justice partners on many important issues that affect all citizens of Hillsborough County. He is the recent past Chair of the Circuit 13 Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. He was a key collaborative leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to create new pathways to keep the criminal courts open during an unprecedented global shutdown. He has enjoyed a seat at the table in the development and refinement of various problem-solving courts and diversionary programs. He is is often sought out for advice from attorneys both from inside the office and from the private bar. He has over twenty-four years experience in the area of criminal law.

Communities with a strong elected Public Defender have the fairest court systems. The job is one of the most important, yet understated elected positions and is the equivalent counterpart to the elected State Attorney.  All government offices face many challenges in this post-pandemic, politically-charged era. Hillsborough County must continue to have a Public Defender with experience in both the high-level practice of criminal law and in the day-to-day operations of the public defender's office. Rocky is the only candidate with these dual qualifications which will allow for a seamless transition.

Rocky Brancato for Public Defender

13014 N Dale Mabry Hwy #335

Tampa, FL 33618-2808 

(813) 434-3808


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