ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A new challenger has now entered the race for Orange-Osceola State Attorney.

Attorney Monique Worrell recently filed paperwork joining the race to take incumbent State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s seat. Ayala announced last spring she is not be seeking re-election.

Worrell, has worked as a Public Defender in Orange County, a law professor at UCF, and in the Orange County State Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Unit. She says she is entering the race to help right a flawed criminal legal system. 

“We’ve made strides towards balancing the scales of justice in our community, and I am running for State Attorney to fight for progress and to continue moving justice forward," she said.

Worrrell has been an attorney in Central Florida for about 20 years. She is facing four opponents: Deborah Barra, Kevin Morenski , Belvin Perry Jr, and Matthew Williams.