Florida judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Court

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The Florida judicial elections consisted of a primary on August 14th and general election in November 6th.[1]

The filing deadline for judicial offices was April 20, 2012.[1]

All contested Circuit Court races (2 or more candidates) appear on the primary ballot. If one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the primary, they automatically win and do not appear on the general election ballot. If no one receives a majority vote, the two highest-voted candidates will advance to the general election.

Unopposed candidates (who are often judges running for re-election), do not appear on the ballot, but are considered automatically elected following the primary election.[2]

First Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
RimmerDavid Rimmer   ApprovedAYesGroup 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BergoshGary Bergosh   ApprovedAYesGroup 23Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
GontarekJohn Jay Gontarek   ApprovedANoGroup 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MillerJohn L. Miller   ApprovedAYesGroup 18Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WellsKelvin C. Wells   ApprovedAYesGroup 9Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
NoblesLinda L. Nobles   ApprovedAYesGroup 14Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
GoodmanMarci L. Goodman   ApprovedAYesGroup 7Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PolsonMary Polson   ApprovedANoGroup 13Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
GoodmanRoss Goodman   ApprovedAYesGroup 24Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KetchelTerrance Ketchel   ApprovedAYesGroup 1562.9%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MurphyThomas Murphy (Florida)    NoGroup 1537.1% 

Second Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
HobbsBarbara Hobbs   ApprovedANoGroup 249.1%ApprovedA54.3%   ApprovedA
Reynolds, IIIGeorge S. Reynolds, III   ApprovedAYesGroup 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ShelferJames O. Shelfer   ApprovedAYesGroup 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
TamayoJosefina Tamayo    YesGroup 229.5%ApprovedA45.7%   DefeatedD
DunnKris Dunn    NoGroup 221.4% 
LewisTerry P. Lewis   ApprovedAYesGroup 12Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Third Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
Decker, IIIAndrew J. Decker, III   ApprovedANoGroup 281.0%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CancioAngela M. Cancio    NoGroup 51.5%   DefeatedD
FinaDavid W. Fina   ApprovedAYesGroup 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Schutte, IVFrederick John Schutte, IV    NoGroup 219.0% 
PrevattJimmy Prevatt    NoGroup 543.3% 
DouglasWes Douglas   ApprovedANoGroup 556.7%ApprovedA98.5%   ApprovedA

Fourth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
BarlowAlvin Wellington Barlow    NoGroup 2933.8% 
DavisBrian J. Davis   ApprovedAYesGroup 150.3%ApprovedA99.6%   ApprovedA
WilenskyDaniel Wilensky   ApprovedAYesGroup 35Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WigginsDavid C. Wiggins   ApprovedAYesGroup 24Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LesterDon Lester   ApprovedAYesGroup 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MairsDon Mairs    NoGroup 117.4% 
MathisE. McRae Mathis   ApprovedAYesGroup 15Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SenterfittElizabeth Senterfitt   ApprovedAYesGroup 33Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WilkersonGerald L. Wilkerson    NoGroup 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   DefeatedD
MessoreGreg Messore    NoGroup 18.2% 
CarithersHugh Carithers   ApprovedAYesGroup 18Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MerrettJohn Merrett    YesGroup 3440.8% 
ColeKaren Cole   ApprovedAYesGroup 16Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BlazsKevin Blazs   ApprovedAYesGroup 19Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HaddockLawrence P. Haddock   ApprovedAYesGroup 7Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BorelloMark Borello   ApprovedANoGroup 2966.2%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BuncomeMelina E. Buncome    NoGroup 124.1% 
DearingPeter Dearing   ApprovedAYesGroup 17Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FosterRobert Mallory Foster   ApprovedAYesGroup 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BassSuzanne Bass   ApprovedANoGroup 3459.2%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BeverlyThomas Beverly   ApprovedAYesGroup 14Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Fifth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
TattiAnthony Tatti   ApprovedAYesGroup 26Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Merritt, Jr.Daniel B. Merritt, Jr.   ApprovedAYesGroup 31Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
EddyDavid B. Eddy   ApprovedAYesGroup 20Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ScottEdward Scott   ApprovedAYesGroup 29Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
StancilHale R. Stancil   ApprovedAYesGroup 16Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DavisHeidi Davis   ApprovedAYesGroup 13Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
TakacMichael G. Takac   ApprovedAYesGroup 30Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MorleyMichelle Morley   ApprovedAYesGroup 7Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ThomasPatricia V. Thomas   ApprovedAYesGroup 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Toner, Jr.Stephen E. Toner, Jr.   ApprovedANoGroup 19Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RogersSteven G. Rogers   ApprovedANoGroup 8Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Law, Jr.William G. Law   ApprovedAYesGroup 17Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Sixth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
McCabeAgnes Theresa McCabe    NoGroup 4540.7% 
WilliamsAmy M. Williams   ApprovedAYesGroup 23Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SteingoldAndy Steingold    NoGroup 1537.5% 
BurgessBill Burgess   ApprovedANoGroup 1562.5%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BattagliaBrian Battaglia    NoGroup 3141.1% 
HelingerChris Helinger   ApprovedAYesGroup 9Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FarnellDee Anna Farnell   ApprovedAYesGroup 12Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
QuesadaFrank Quesada   ApprovedAYesGroup 36Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DayJack Day   ApprovedAYesGroup 4559.3%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BuloneJoseph A. Bulone   ApprovedAYesGroup 24Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CampbellKim Campbell   ApprovedANoGroup 3158.9%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
TepperLynn Tepper   ApprovedAYesGroup 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Moate LeyNancy Moate Ley   ApprovedAYesGroup 34Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SiracusaPat Siracusa   ApprovedAYesGroup 32Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FedericoPhilip J. Federico   ApprovedAYesGroup 10Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MinkoffThomas H. Minkoff   ApprovedAYesGroup 40Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RamsbergerTom Ramsberger   ApprovedANoGroup 11Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WebbWilliam R. Webb   ApprovedAYesGroup 14Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Seventh Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
Smith IIIC. McFerrin Smith III   ApprovedAYesGroup 12Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WolfeClyde E. Wolfe   ApprovedAYesGroup 27Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
TraynorJ. Michael Traynor   ApprovedAYesGroup 15Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CaseLeah R. Case   ApprovedAYesGroup 16Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ChristensenPatti A. Christensen   ApprovedAYesGroup 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PerkinsTerence R. Perkins   ApprovedAYesGroup 9Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BergerWendy W. Berger   ApprovedAYesGroup 19Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ParsonsWilliam A. Parsons   ApprovedAYesGroup 21Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Eighth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
CokerMary Day Coker   ApprovedAYesGroup 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
GriffisStan Griffis   ApprovedAYesGroup 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MonacoToby S. Monaco   ApprovedAYesGroup 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HulslanderVictor L. Hulslander   ApprovedAYesGroup 8Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Ninth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
Perry, Jr.Belvin Perry, Jr.   ApprovedAYesGroup 378.7%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LeBlancBob LeBlanc   ApprovedAYesGroup 43Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PerryDaniel Perry    NoGroup 321.3% 
DuBoisEric DuBois    NoGroup 725.0% 
AdamsGail Adams   ApprovedAYesGroup 11Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DavisJenifer M. Davis   ApprovedAYesGroup 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WilsonJoel Wilson    NoGroup 730.1%ApprovedA42%   DefeatedD
RodriguezJose R. Rodriguez   ApprovedAYesGroup 26Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
TorroellaJose Torroella    NoGroup 2728.3% 
WhiteKeith F. White   ApprovedAYesGroup 2771.7%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MarquesLeticia Marques   ApprovedANoGroup 744.9%ApprovedA58.0%   ApprovedA
LubetMarc L. Lubet   ApprovedAYesGroup 15Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BlechmanMark S. Blechman   ApprovedANoGroup 20Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MurphyMichael Murphy (Florida)   ApprovedAYesGroup 19Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DohertyPatricia A. Doherty   ApprovedAYesGroup 28Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MalaretPedro J. Malaret    NoGroup 4232.8% 
EvansRobert M. Evans   ApprovedAYesGroup 29Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KestSally D. M. Kest   ApprovedAYesGroup 41Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SheaTimothy Shea   ApprovedAYesGroup 4267.2%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Tenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
HarlanBeth Harlan   ApprovedAYesGroup 17Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CombeeCatherine L. Combee   ApprovedANoGroup 2752.7%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CurryCharles B. Curry   ApprovedAYesGroup 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ThornhillChristine Trakas Thornhill    NoGroup 743.2%ApprovedA46.6%   DefeatedD
StargelJohn K. Stargel   ApprovedAYesGroup 28Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
EzelleMarcus Ezelle   ApprovedAYesGroup 11Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HofstadMark Hofstad   ApprovedAYesGroup 10Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KaylorMark Kaylor    NoGroup 2747.3% 
SelphSteven L. Selph   ApprovedAYesGroup 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DurdenWayne Durden   ApprovedAYesGroup 14Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SitesWilliam Sites   ApprovedANoGroup 733.0%ApprovedA53.4%   ApprovedA

Eleventh Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
LaboraAlex Jimenez Labora    NoGroup 4748.5% 
ArzolaAntonio Arzola   ApprovedAYesGroup 54Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MarinAntonio Marin   ApprovedAYesGroup 79Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BloomBeth Bloom   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MillerBronwyn C. Miller   ApprovedAYesGroup 21Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LedermanCindy S. Lederman   ApprovedAYesGroup 14Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
GaylesDarrin P. Gayles   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MillerDavid C. Miller   ApprovedAYesGroup 862.0%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MurphyDennis J. Murphy   ApprovedAYesGroup 25Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LeesfieldEllen Leesfield   ApprovedAYesGroup 61Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
VenzerEllen Sue Venzer   ApprovedAYesGroup 43Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ElyGisela Cardonne Ely   ApprovedAYesGroup 22Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BrownJoel H. Brown   ApprovedAYesGroup 66Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FernandezJose L. Fernandez   ApprovedAYesGroup 13Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WalshLisa S. Walsh   ApprovedAYesGroup 36Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
VerdeMaria Elena Verde   ApprovedANoGroup 1551.6%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DennisMaria Espinosa Dennis   ApprovedAYesGroup 56Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KorvickMaria M. Korvick   ApprovedAYesGroup 31Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SantoveniaMaria Santovenia   ApprovedANoGroup 4751.5%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MendezMarisa Tinkler Mendez   ApprovedAYesGroup 80Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PadillaMauricio Padilla    NoGroup 838.0% 
HanzmanMichael A. Hanzman   ApprovedAYesGroup 60Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
de la OMiguel de la O   ApprovedAYesGroup 42Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
GlazerMindy S. Glazer   ApprovedAYesGroup 24Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Escharte, Jr.Pedro P. Echarte, Jr.   ApprovedAYesGroup 29Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CoppelRobert Coppel    NoGroup 1548.4% 
BlakeStanford Blake   ApprovedAYesGroup 68Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PoolerTeresa Mary Pooler   ApprovedANoGroup 4956.4%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Manno SchurrValerie R. Manno Schurr   ApprovedAYesGroup 78Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
De YurreVictor H. De Yurre    NoGroup 4943.6% 
PlatzerVictoria Platzer   ApprovedAYesGroup 67Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BrennanVictoria R. Brennan   ApprovedAYesGroup 53Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Twelfth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
WilliamsCharles E. Williams   ApprovedAYesGroup 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RivaDebra Johnes Riva   ApprovedAYesGroup 20Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BerlinDonna Berlin   ApprovedAYesGroup 16Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MercurioFrederick P. Mercurio   ApprovedANoGroup 14Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DunniganJanette Dunnigan   ApprovedAYesGroup 15Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LakinJohn F. Lakin   ApprovedANoGroup 7Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HaworthLee E. Haworth   ApprovedAYesGroup 13Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CurleyRochelle Curley   ApprovedAYesGroup 21Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Thirteenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
MoodyAshley B. Moody   ApprovedAYesGroup 45Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SilverBernard C. Silver   ApprovedAYesGroup 32Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ThomasCheryl Thomas   ApprovedAYesGroup 16Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PeacockEmily A. Peacock   ApprovedAYesGroup 44Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Byrd, Jr.Johnnie B. Byrd, Jr.    NoGroup 1436.7% 
FernandezKimberly K. Fernandez   ApprovedAYesGroup 43Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WolfeMark R. Wolfe   ApprovedAYesGroup 1463.3%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HueyPaul L. Huey   ApprovedAYesGroup 12Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Foster, Jr.Robert A. Foster, Jr.   ApprovedAYesGroup 25Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FicarrottaRonald Ficarrotta   ApprovedAYesGroup 26Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SheehanTracy Sheehan   ApprovedAYesGroup 42Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Fourteenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
SmileyElijah Smiley   ApprovedAYesGroup 11Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Fishel, IIJohn L. Fishel   ApprovedAYesGroup 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
GayShonna Young Gay   ApprovedAYesGroup 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Fifteenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
BrunsonCatherine M. Brunson   ApprovedAYesGroup 25Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FrenchDavid E. French   ApprovedAYesGroup 13Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MartzJames Martz   ApprovedAYesGroup 2658.1%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KeyserJanis Keyser   ApprovedAYesGroup 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LaneJody Lane    NoGroup 237.7% 
MarxJoseph Marx   ApprovedAYesGroup 11Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KrollKathleen J. Kroll   ApprovedAYesGroup 19Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DowneyMargherita Downey    NoGroup 2641.9% 
Baker, Jr.Moses Baker, Jr.   ApprovedAYesGroup 8Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BlancPeter D. Blanc   ApprovedAYesGroup 18Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
OftedalRichard L. Oftedal   ApprovedAYesGroup 20Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RosenbergRobin L. Rosenberg   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
AlvarezRonald V. Alvarez   ApprovedAYesGroup 950.9%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RappStephen A. Rapp   ApprovedAYesGroup 17Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
McCarthyTimothy P. McCarthy   ApprovedAYesGroup 262.3%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Sixteenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
AudlinDavid Audlin   ApprovedAYesGroup 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Seventeenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
PorthAri Abraham Porth   ApprovedANoGroup 10Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BirkenArthur M. Birken   ApprovedAYesGroup 40Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PhillipsCarol Lisa Phillips   ApprovedAYesGroup 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RossDale Ross   ApprovedAYesGroup 3570.8%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HaimesDavid Haimes   ApprovedAYesGroup 7Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CohenGeoffrey D. Cohen   ApprovedAYesGroup 43Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HolmesIlona M. Holmes   ApprovedAYesGroup 38Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Shapiro-HarrisJulie C. Shapiro-Harris    NoGroup 1948.6% 
Gonzalez, Jr.Julio E. Gonzalez, Jr.    NoGroup 4533.9%ApprovedA49.1%   DefeatedD
Garcia-WoodMarina Garcia-Wood   ApprovedAYesGroup 58Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SpeiserMark A. Speiser   ApprovedAYesGroup 39Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RobinsonMichael A. Robinson   ApprovedAYesGroup 32Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RothschildMichael Ian Rothschild   ApprovedANoGroup 1951.4%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RocqueMichael Rocque    NoGroup 3529.3% 
UsanMichael Usan   ApprovedAYesGroup 42Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SingerMichele Towbin Singer   ApprovedAYesGroup 57Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LopaneNicholas Lopane   ApprovedAYesGroup 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
ParkerOliver Parker    NoGroup 4515.6% 
BackmanPaul L. Backman   ApprovedAYesGroup 36Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WeinsteinPeter M. Weinstein   ApprovedAYesGroup 46Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SokoloffRhoda Sokoloff    Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   
BaileyTim Bailey   ApprovedANoGroup 31Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Eighteenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
CrawfordCharlie Crawford   ApprovedAYesGroup 20Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
NelsonDebra Steinberg Nelson   ApprovedAYesGroup 10Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MahlJeffrey Mahl   ApprovedAYesGroup 8Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
EarpJim Earp   ApprovedAYesGroup 2669.5%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DavidsonLisa Davidson   ApprovedAYesGroup 7Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
AlvaMarlene M. Alva   ApprovedAYesGroup 11Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
AungstMatt Aungst    NoGroup 2630.5% 

Nineteenth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
KlingensmithMark W. Klingensmith   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KanarekPaul B. Kanarek   ApprovedAYesGroup 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HawleyRobert A. Hawley (Florida)   ApprovedAYesGroup 8Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BelangerRobert E. Belanger   ApprovedAYesGroup 12Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PeggRobert L. Pegg   ApprovedAYesGroup 19Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BauerSherwood Bauer, Jr.   ApprovedAYesGroup 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Twentieth Circuit

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
KyleBruce Kyle   ApprovedAYesGroup 14Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PivacekCynthia A. Pivacek   ApprovedAYesGroup 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
McElrathDavid McElrath    NoGroup 2944.3% 
AdamsElisabeth Adams   ApprovedAYesGroup 30Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KrierElizabeth V. Krier   ApprovedAYesGroup 28Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HardtFrederick R. Hardt   ApprovedAYesGroup 8Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RichardsGeorge Richards   ApprovedAYesGroup 2955.8%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PorterJ. Frank Porter   ApprovedAYesGroup 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FosterJoe Foster   ApprovedANoGroup 1860.3%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
DuryeaJohn Duryea   ApprovedAYesGroup 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SimpsonJoseph A. Simpson    YesGroup 2628.9% 
Fuller, Jr.Joseph C. Fuller, Jr.   ApprovedAYesGroup 27Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MillerKaren Elizabeth Miller    NoGroup 948.7% 
KyleKeith R. Kyle   ApprovedAYesGroup 31Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SchreiberLee A. Schreiber   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PorterLisa Spader Porter   ApprovedANoGroup 2671.1%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Fernandez IIIM.C. Fernandez III    NoGroup 1839.7% 
SteinbeckMargaret O. Steinbeck   ApprovedAYesGroup 951.3%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CorbinR. Thomas Corbin   ApprovedAYesGroup 17Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

In the News

Florida primary settles some Circuit Court races

As featured in JP Election Brief: August primaries settling judicial races on August 16, 2012.

The primary election for Florida circuit judges and judicial hopefuls concluded Tuesday evening, Aug. 14. According to state rules, if one candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, they are automatically elected without a general election. A number of new judges were elected this way, some of them even toppling incumbents.

The following non-incumbent candidates were elected to judgeships in the primary:

Name  % of vote
Andrew J. Decker, III 81.0%
Wes Douglas 56.7%
Suzanne Bass 59.2% *
Mark Borello 66.2%
Kim Campbell 58.9%
Bill Burgess 62.5%
Catherine L. Combee 52.7%
Teresa Mary Pooler 56.4%
Maria Santovenia 51.5%
Maria Elena Verde 51.6%
Michael Ian Rothschild 15.4%
Lisa Spader Porter 71.1% *
Joe Foster 60.3%

* defeated incumbent judge[3]

These judges will take office on January 8, 2013.[4]

Pinella County judicial candidates tout their qualifications to fellow Floridians

As featured in JP Election Brief: An indictment, legal challenges, and First Amendment questions on July 19, 2012.

At the beginning of the month, candidates vying for seats on Florida's 6th Circuit Court came before voters to explain why they should be elected. Three contested Circuit Court seats were represented, with two candidates competing per seat. Each candidate had five minutes to speak to an audience of about 50 at a forum in Clearwater, Florida.

Here is a brief summary of the Circuit Court candidates' statements:

For Group 15:

Bill Burgess pointed to the fact that he has tried over 140 jury trials as a prosecutor. He said he would be a diligent, detail-oriented judge. Andy Steingold, who has practiced law for 25 years, pointed to his community involvement, especially as mayor of Safety Harbor.

For Group 31:

Brian Battaglia focused on his community involvement as an advocate, teacher and attorney. He also stated, "I have a lot of experience with the process and the courts."[5] Kim Campbell described her career path as an assistant state attorney, private practice lawyer, Guardian ad Litem and as President of the Clearwater Bar Association.

For Group 45:

Jack Day, a four-year judge of the Unified Family Court, talked about founding Gulf Coast Legal Services, which provides legal services to those with low income. Agnes Theresa McCabe has spent 12 years in the state attorney's office. She stated, "Whatever kind of day you are having, the people having their children removed are having a worse day. And I think that’s important to remember."[5]

Filing deadline highlights races

As featured in JP Election Brief: Florida gets ready as Alabama wraps up (and more!) on April 26, 2012.

April 20 was the deadline for Florida judicial candidates to file for the election. Most of those filed are incumbent judges who will run unopposed in the general election on Nov. 6, 2012. For races with more than two candidates, there will be a primary on Aug. 14.

Following are a few of the contested Circuit Court races that will appear on the ballot:

First Circuit

Second Circuit

Third Circuit

Fourth Circuit

Sixth Circuit

Ninth Circuit

Tenth Circuit

Eleventh Circuit

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