ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Possibly one of the biggest upsets of Tuesday's primary election -- if not the biggest upset -- was in the race for Orange-Osceola state attorney.
First-time candidate Aramis Ayala, 41, hugged her family and friends and supporters after she learned she will be the Democratic candidate on the ticket in the November election. Ayala defeated incumbent Jeff Ashton after his first term.
Ayala said she spent lots of time going out and meeting with community groups and listening. Ayala is no stranger to the Ninth Judicial Circuit, having worked as both an assistant state attorney and public defender. She now she says she is ready to be the State Attorney.
"Voters, to me, sent the message they are ready for a system where we believe we can live in peace we can live safely where there is not an inconsistency of trying to be safe while trying to have peace between the community and law enforcement," she said. "People believe, and they want integrity and character."
There are no Republican opponents in this race in November, but Ayala does face one write-in candidate, Bill Vose.