ELECTION CENTRAL ……
THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED & WE HAVE OUR WINNERS:
These lucky winners have been RE-ELECTED to a six year term on the Circuit Court bench and an annual salary of $145,000. They are:
Group 03 John Schlesinger
Group 10 Scott Bernstein
Group 12 Bertila Soto
Group 20 John Thornton, Jr.
Group 26 Scott Silverman
Group 28 Jennifer Bailey
Group 30 Rosa Rodriguez
Group 32 Barbara Areces
Group 34 Gill Freeman
Group 40 William Thomas
Group 52 Michael Genden
Group 59 Nushin Sayfie
Group 73 Julio Jimenez
Group 74 George Sarduy
Congratulations are in order to Milt Hirsch who has been elected, without opposition. Milt will earn the title Circuit Court Judge on January 3, 2011.
Our contested elections:
UPDATE - UPDATE - THANK YOU TO OUR POSTERS
Judge Johnson withdrew his qualifying papers. Therefore, in a matters of minutes, Rodriguez-Chomat, is now Circuit Court Judge-Elect.
Judge William Johnson drew an opponent, (as we reported here FIRST yesterday). He is Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat. Rodriguez Chomat was born in Havana, Cuba in 1945 and he is 65 years old. If he wins, he will be a one term Judge; (unless they change the age limit). Jorge served in the Florida House, winning a seat in 1994 over Matilde Aguirre. He won 51% of that vote (3,928 to 3,731). He was re-elected to the House in 1996 without opposition.
In the Spring of 1998, while in Tallahassee during the legislative session, Rodriguez-Chomat became famous for picking a fight on the House floor. On April 13, 1998, Chomat scuffled with Rep. Carlos Valdes. Chomat approached Valdes on the House floor, “started insulting him, then grabbed his tie and the scuffle was on”. The debate that led to the fight was over whether to give people vouchers to send their children to private schools. Valdes supported the plan and Chomat opposed it.
That public “Tussle in Tally” may have led to Rodriguez-Chomat losing his House seat as he went down in defeat in the Republican primary in 1998 to Gaston Cantens with Cantens garnering 52% of the vote (2,592 to 2,370).
As I reported yesterday, Rodriguez-Chomat has been a member of The Florida Bar for 35 years.
Judge William Johnson sits in the Juvenile Division. He is 62 years old; so this will be his last term if he is elected. He was a Judge of the Compensation Claims Court for 20 years, from 1977-1997. He was then appointed to the Circuit Court bench by Governor “Walkin” Lawton Chiles. He won a full term in 1998 when he ran unopposed. He was re-elected in 2004, again without opposition. This will be his first contested election.
GROUP 45 This race pits Incumbent Judge Peter Adrien against challenger Samantha Ruiz Cohen.
GROUP 62 This race has two newcomers vying for the six year seat as the result of the retirement of Judge Paul Siegel. Monica Gordo will face Robert Kuntz on August 24, 2010.
IN COUNTY COURT:
These lucky winners have been RE-ELECTED to a six year term on the County Court bench and an annual salary of $137,000. They are:
Group 05 Fred Seraphin
Group 15 Judy Rubenstein
Group 20 Beth Bloom
Group 23 Carroll Kelly
Group 31 Lisa Walsh
Group 34 Rodney Smith
Group 35 Wendell Graham
Our contested elections:
GROUP 07 Incumbent Judge Edward Newman faces challenger Manuel Alvarez
GROUP 11 Incumbent Judge Flora Seff faces challenger Michaelle Gonzalez-Paulson
AND NORTH OF THE BORDER …..
UPDATE - UPDATE - AND CORRECTION
Lee Jay Seidman pulled an 11:59 am on Sandy and she now has opposition. So, we now have 11 contested Circuit Court races and Sandy will be working the Borscht Belt all summer long (from Century Village in Deerfield to Century Village in Pembroke Pines).
At last count, there are 10 Incumbent Circuit Court Judges that will face opposition. In “Milt Hirsch” fashion, Sandra “Sandy” Perlman gets elected to a Circuit Court seat without opposition when Incumbent Judge Cheryl Aleman disappears and does not file for re-election. Perlman, a PD, had several earlier face-offs with Aleman. First, during a First Degree Murder trial when Perlman moved to recuse her. Second, after Aleman tried to hold Perlman in Contempt of Court. And finally, they squared off before the JQC. Looks like Perlman has won Round Four without throwing a punch. Congrats to Sandy.
Also in Circuit Court, County Judge Lee Jay Seidman has filed today against Circuit Court Judge Susan Lebow. That makes it a three-way race with Jill Rafilovich joining the party.
In County Court, there will be a total of nine contested elections. Five Incumbents face opposition and two of the races have three candidates.
GOOD LUCK TO THEM ALL.
CAPTAIN OUT ……..