Election Central .....
Circuit Court Group 47. Maria de Jesus Santovenia now has an opponent.
An Attorney using the name ALEX JIMENEZ LABORA has filed to run against Ms. Santovenia for the open Circuit Court seat.
BUT, HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM .........
There is no Alex Jimenez Labora that is licensed by The Florida Bar to practice law in the State of Florida.***
The Florida Bar does list an Alexander J. Labora as an attorney who has been practicing law in Florida for 18 years. (He also happens to be married to one Judge Deborah White Labora).
Now, suffice it to say that both Horace and I have always been big supporters of Judge Deborah White Labora and the Drug Court Program on this BLOG. But, fair is fair. And in the past, when someone has filed to run for Judge using a name different than the one they are licensed under, and when that different name just happens to be an Hispanic name, we must call Mr. Labora out on this.
***We checked at SunBiz.org for the name Alex Jimenez Labora and we were only able to find an Alexander J. Labora listed as an RA and/or an Officer in three different corporations. We also checked Fictitious Names, Limited Liability and General Partnerships. We did find one listing for an Alexander Jimenez PA that was formed in 2008 but the addresses do not appear to match up to Mr. Labora. Mr. Labora does state on The Florida Bar web site that his firm name is Alex Jimenez Labora, but there are no corporations or fictitious names found searching "Alex Jimenez Labora".
Mr. Labora specializes in foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, commercial transactions, personal injury and probate. He went to school in Mexico at Universidad IberoAmericana graduating with a chemical engineering degree in 1979. He furthered his education with an MBA obtained in 1983 at the Wharton's School of Business at the Univ. of Penn. He then went to law school at the "U" and got his JD in 1992. He has been a Hearing Officer in the 11th Judicial Circuit since 2010.
For the record, there are now four contested Circuit Court races. Also, there are currently four contested County Court races. The only non-incumbent who has yet to draw a challenger is County Court candidate Tanya Brinkley in Group 28.
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS UPDATE:
We are waiting to hear from Governor Scott on the replacment for Judge Scola.
The JNC sent six names up on December 16, 2011 and the Governor has 60 days. Those names are:
Miguel de la O
The JNC is accepting applications for the following open seats:
County Court - the seat of Norma Lindsey (she was elevated to Circuit); application deadline is January 30, 2012
Circuit Court - the seat of Julio Jimenez (he passed away last week); application deadline is February 16, 2012.
Captain Out .....