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Thursday, April 05, 2018
JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 2018 .... MARIN & HAGUE OUT ..... UPDATED
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
JUDICIAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE ... 2018 .....
It has been a busy couple of months since we posted on December 27 and December 28 about the candidates for Circuit and County Court. Several new candidates have filed and many more have either withdrawn or switched Groups. Here are the highlights from the past three months:
In Group 14, Louis Martinez filed on February 6 and Vivianne del Rio joined the Group on March 1. They face Renee Gordon.
In Group 25, "Joe" Perkins, who had filed in Group 79, withdrew his name on March 9th. He filed in Circuit Group 31 on March 12th; then switched to County Group 18 on March 19th only to withdraw three days later on March 22nd. The next day he switched once again and filed to run in this Circuit Group against Yery Marrero.
Circuit Court Judge Antonio "Tony" Marin, who was expected to serve out his term in Group 79, suddenly and unexpectedly resigned effective March 9, 2018. As a result, the two candidates that had filed in this Group, Luis Medina and Joe Perkins, were forced to withdraw from the Group as Governor Scott will fill this seat through the JNC.
See if you can keep up with these moves:
In Group 2, Kristy Nunez filed to run on March 20 only to withdraw six days later. Then Rosy Aponte withdrew from Group 32 of the County Court and on March 26th moved into this Group against Jeff Cynamon.
In Group 18, Betsy Alvarez-Zane joined the Group on March 14th. Laura Cruz withdrew her name on March 1 and Joe Perkins withdrew his name on March 22. That means that, for the moment, Zane is unopposed.
County Court Judge Andrew Hague (Group 21) and I communicated on a few occasions back in December. He explained his three options to me: resign before the end of the filing deadline; serve out his term; or run one more time. Well, he finally made his decision known last week. And it appears that candidate Jacqueline Woodward was smart enough to stay in touch with Hague because on March 23rd, she withdrew from Group 2 and was the first candidate to file in Group 21. Hague has made his decision and it is to serve out his term and then retire from the bench.
(NOTE: Not only was Woodward the first to file in this now open seat, but in order to scare off any opponents who are thinking about running against her, she plucked down a cool $375,000 of her own money, loaning that amount to her campaign war chest).
In Group 32, Lizzet Martinez filed on February 1. She faces Chris Pracitto.
In Group 33, Madelyn Diaz withdrew on December 29. Mike Mirabal switched from Group 33 to Group 18 to Group 43. That leaves Olanike Adebayo and Eleane Sosa-Bruzon, for now.
In Group 43, Steve Paulson withdrew on March 1. Milena Abreu currently faces Mike Mirabal.
No doubt there will be many more changes before the filing deadline which is on May 4, 2018.
CAPTAIN OUT .......