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Friday, May 04, 2018
JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 2018 ..... CONGRATS TO OUR THREE NEWEST JUDGES .....
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
QUALIFYING DAY HAS COME & GONE .......
Congratulations to our newest judges who will all take the bench in January of 2019. None of them received opposition as of Noon today:
Jacqueline Woodward (and Happy Birthday to Jackie today).
AND NOW FOR THE CONTESTED ELECTIONS. ANY PREDICTIONS .....?
19 Incumbent Circuit Court Judges were reelected without drawing any opposition; (for a list of those judges please see our post from May 3rd ). There are three contested races this year. One candidate, Renee Gordon, returns for a second try after losing in the primary in 2016 to eventual winner Mark Blumstein. Judge David Miller is the only incumbent Judge in Miami-Dade County to draw opposition. Judge Miller is no stranger to contested elections - in 2012, the last time he ran for office, he also drew an opponent. He soundly defeated Mauricio Padilla in that contest with 62% of the vote. Miller first won election to the Circuit Court in 2000, when he defeated two other candidates, Arthur Spiegel and David Peckins (in the runoff). In fact, the only time Miller has not faced opposition was in 2006.
David Miller - INCUMBENT
GROUP 14 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Cindy Lederman retiring)
Vivianne del Rio
GROUP 25 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Dennis Murphy retiring)
17 Incumbent County Court Judges were reelected without drawing any opposition; (our May 3rd post also includes the names of these judges). There are five contested races this year. Four of the candidates have past experience running for Judge. In 2016, Milena Abreau just missed out when she lost a close County Court race to Incumbent Judge Fred Seraphin. Abreu lost by only 677 votes out of a total 210,919 ballots cast. Lizzet Martinez lost out in 2016 as well, to Incumbent County Judge Ed Newman. Rosy Aponte lost a Circuit Court race in the primary to eventual winner Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts and Elena Ortega-Tauler lost a Circuit Court race to Incumbent Judge George Sarduy.
GROUP 2: (Judge Mary Jo Francis retiring):
(Jeffrey Cynamon withdrew from this race at 11:58 AM today).
GROUP 32: (Judge Caryn Canner Schwartz retiring):
GROUP 33: (Judge Teretha Thomas Lundy retiring):
GROUP 40: (Judge Don Cohn retiring):
GROUP 43: (Judge Joseph Davis, Jr retiring):
The primary election takes place on August 28, 2018 with any runoffs to be decided on November 6th. Good luck to all of the candidates.
CAPTAIN OUT .......