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Thursday, May 03, 2018

JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 2018 - THE DAY BEFORE “THE DAY” .....


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN ..... QUALIFYING WEEK .....

T-MINUS 36 HOURS AND COUNTING
It's down to the last few hours and the burning questions remain:

BREAKING NEWS:

Candidate Jeff Cynamon, County Group 2, has withdrawn from that race as of 11:58 AM.

1. Will an Incumbent Judge get an 11:59 AM Friday Surprise and have to spend those long, hot, rainy, summer days trekking from Florida City to Aventura attending every breakfast, lunch, and dinner in town?

2. Will Carlos Lopez, Betsy Alvarez-Zane, and Jackie Woodward get handed a gavel without ever sniffing an opponent?

3. What Group will Vivianne del Rio end up qualifying in?

THE CLOCK IS TICKING .......

Over the next day and a half, we expect to see some jockeying around of candidates looking for just the right place to land their campaign and deposit their qualifying fee.

The deadline is FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 at NOON.

Here is where we stand:

CIRCUIT COURT:

Will any of the incumbents who are presently unopposed receive a last minute opponent?

Here is the list of Incumbents who are currently unopposed:

Judge Antonio Arzola
Judge Miguel de la O
Judge Victoria del Pino (appointed to fill Judge Blake’s seat)
Judge Maria Espinosa Dennis
Judge Jason Dimitris (appointed to fill Judge Brennan’s seat)
Judge Pedro Echarte
Judge Jose Fernandez
Judge Mindy Glazer
Judge Michael Hanzman
Judge Charles Johnson (appointed to fill Judge Sigler’s seat)
Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez
Judge Browyn Miller
Judge Teresa Pooler
Judge Maria de Jesus Santovenia
Judge Valerie Manno Schurr
Judge Lourdes Simon (appointed to fill Judge Luck’s seat)
Judge Ellen Sue Venzer
Judge Maria Verde
Judge Lisa Walsh

Here are the contested races: (Q next to their name means they have plucked down the $5,843.20 necessary to run for that seat).***

 
GROUP 8

Elisabeth Espinosa (Q) - UPDATED
- she has a Net Worth of $465,233
- she has raised $64,775 and loaned her campaign $25,000

David Miller (Q) - INCUMBENT
- he has a Net Worth of $2,085,500
- he has raised $205,000 and loaned his campaign $51,000

GROUP 14 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Cindy Lederman retiring)

Vivianne del Rio (Q) - UPDATED
- she has a Net Worth of 1,064,478
- she has raised $18,800 and loaned her campaign $53,000
- she is an ASA with a salary of $84,400
- on March 20, 2018 her campaign deposited a check in the amount of $22,000 which came from her spouse Cristian del Rio. The amount was meant as a $1,000 contribution and a $21,000 loan. On the same date, the campaign realized that the deposit violated the law. The only person that can loan a campaign any money is the candidate. So, on March 20, 2018, a check in the amount of $21,000 was written back to Mr. del Rio.

Renee Gordon (Q) - UPDATED
- she has a Net Worth of 457,512
- she has raised $68,293 and loaned her campaign $47,150
- she is an APD with a salary of $80,140
- In February of 2017, the Dept of State informed the campaign that they filed a Late Activity Report. They warned the campaign to be on time, but they did not fine the campaign because there was no money raised in that cycle.
- In April of 2017, the Dept of State informed the campaign that they filed another Late Activity Report. The Department again took no action
- On 2/1/18 the campaign received a Audit Letter and was given seven days to respond.
- On 2/14/18 the campaign, having missed the deadline to respond, received another Audit Letter
- On 4/11/18 the campaign received a Failed to File Activity Report for the reporting cycle.
- On 4/20/18 the campaign received an Audit Letter
- On April 27, 2018, the campaign was fined $1,650 as the result of filing the Activity Report six days late; (it was due on 4/10 and filed on 4/16).

Louis Martinez (Q)
- he has Net Worth of $135,000
- he has raised $6,950 and loaned his campaign $30,000

GROUP 25 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Dennis Murphy retiring)

Yery Marrero (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $1,955,402
- she has raised $64,793 and loaned her campaign $105,000

Joe Perkins (Q)
- he has a Net Worth of $248,354
- he has raised $33,018 and loaned his campaign $5,000

GROUP 31 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Maria Korvick retiring)

Carlos Lopez (Q)
- he has a Net Worth of $6,202,000
- he has raised $115,775 and loaned his campaign $250,000
- On 4/6/17 he received an Audit Letter from the Dept. Of State (his campaign Treasurer was Hector Lombana).
- On 2/5/18 he received an Audit Letter from the Dept. Of State
- On 3/5/18 he received an Audit Letter from the Dept. Of State
- On 3/12/18 he replaced Mr. Lombana and named himself as Treasurer

HE IS CURRENTLY UNOPPOSED ......

***Our longtime and loyal readers will remember just two years ago when candidate Daniel Espinosa, attempting to unseat incumbent Judge Rosa Rodriguez, plucked down his qualifying fee of $5,843.00 only to be TWENTY CENTS SHORT. He was not permitted to run for judge and Rodriguez won unopposed.

COUNTY COURT

INCUMBENTS SEEKING REELECTION: NO OPPOSTION

Judge Michelle Alvarez Barakat
Judge Gina Beovides (appointed to fill Judge Charles Johnson’s seat)
Judge Alexander Spicola Bokor (appointed to fill Judge Jacqueline Schwartz’s seat)
Judge Tanya Brinkley
Judge Dawn Denaro
Judge Robin Faber
Judge Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer
Judge Diana Gonzalez-Whyte
Judge Lawrence King
Judge Luise Krieger-Martin
Judge Myriam Lehr
Judge Steve Leifman
Judge Patricia Marino-Pedraza
Judge Maria Ortiz
Judge Sam Slom
Judge Linda Singer Stein
Judge Andrea Ricker Wolfson

GROUP 2: (Judge Mary Jo Francis retiring):

Rosy Aponte (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $186,099
- she has raised $21,614 and loaned her campaign $50,000

Jeffrey Cynamon (Q)
- he has a Net Worth of $3,091,082
- he has raised $10,789 and loaned his campaign $150,000

Kristy Nunez (Q) - UPDATED
- she has a Net Worth of 650,521
- she has raised zero money; according to her recently filed documents, she has loaned her campaign $25,000
- she is an ASA with a salary of $78,830

 
GROUP 18: (Judge Deborah White-Labora retiring):

Betsy Alvarez-Zane (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $91,394
- she has raised $103,100 from an impressive 152 contributors and loaned her campaign $6,300
- her sole income is from her PA - $71,198
- she has a student loan liability currently in the amount of $422,000

SHE IS CURRENTLY UNOPPOSED ......

 
GROUP 21: (Judge Andrew Hague retiring):

Jacqueline Woodward (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $1,538,500
- she has raised $27,366 and loaned her campaign $375,000

SHE IS CURRENTLY UNOPPOSED ......

 
GROUP 32: (Judge Caryn Canner Schwartz retiring):

Lizzet Martinez (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $941,062
- she has raised $70,049 from an impressive 162 contributors and loaned her campaign $30,400

Chris Pracitto (Q)
- he has a Net Worth of $757,481
- he has raised $24,700 and loaned his campaign $3,500

 
GROUP 33: (Judge Teretha Thomas Lundy retiring):

Olanike Adebayo (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $28,152
- she has raised $52,000 from a very impressive 355 contributors and loaned her campaign $2,000
- her income is from her job at Regional Counsel where she is paid $54,000

Eleane Sosa-Bruzon (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $221,077
- she has raised $14,610 and loaned her campaign $26,000

 
GROUP 40: (Judge Don Cohn retiring):

Michael Barket (Q)
- he has a Net Worth of $3,135,486
- he has raised $24,880 and loaned his campaign $28,000
 
Elena Ortega-Tauler (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $641,732
- she has raised $1,300 and loaned her campaign $10,000

 
GROUP 43: (Judge Joseph Davis, Jr retiring):

Milena Abreu (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $20,000
- she has raised $14,655 and loaned her campaign $80,000
- her income is from her PA in the amount of $77,500
 
Mike Mirabal - (Q)
UPDATED - SECOND UPDATE - THIRD UPDATE
- he has a Net Worth of 1,605,659
- he has raised $6,357 and loaned his campaign $32,921
- I updated the amount raised and the amount loaned by reducing both numbers; there are six separate Amended Financial Reports filed by the candidate.; I have now reduced the numbers again; County Elections continues to change the information, seemingly, by the minute; Last night, the total amount raised and loaned equaled $75,830; this morning that number went down to $59,278; this afternoon it reads $39,278.  Very confusing.
- Mr. Mirabal has filed new documents with the Elections Dept - he now wants his name listed as MIGUEL MIRABAL - he originally filed as MIKE MIRABAL.

CAPTAIN OUT .......
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not a fan of the net worth metric being shown here. I don't think that your net worth is a great indicator of whether or not you will be a good public servant. However, I find this odd:

Milena Abreu (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $20,000
- she has raised $14,655 and loaned her campaign $80,000
- her income is from her PA in the amount of $77,500

How does someone with a net worth of $20k lend her campaign $80k? Its not impossible, but I feel like there is a mistake there, or a story to be told.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Mike Catalano will file papers against a sitting judge and will do it tomorrow morning.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Mirabal: Group 43
He has been over reporting his contributions and doubling

the amount of money on his amendments for the last 6 months. Today the last day he

does amendments on 3 reports and $36000 dollars disappears.

Great Moral and Ethical considerations for an Honorable position,

such as a "Judge"




Anonymous said...

Who is shumie endorsing? They have my vote

Anonymous said...

Mike Catalano was seen at the airport today.....sitting circuit judges should be worried.

Anonymous said...

All that coin and I've never seen him pick up a check.

Rumpole said...

Jeff Cynamon after last minute drama .....withdrew.

Anonymous said...

Mike Catalano - did he enter the race? Great lawyer. Well deserving.

Anonymous said...

Is our Hanzman safe for another 6 years??

Anonymous said...

It's a shame that Echarte is unopposed again. The lack of serious opposition over the years has created a very angry, arrogant, and disrespectful man. I wonder why he keeps going unopposed? Hmmm.... Gee I wonder.