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JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 2018 ..... COUNTY COURT .....
Yesterday, our post introduced our readers to the seven candidates vying for three Circuit Court seats. Today, we introduce you to the ten candidates running for five open County Court seats.
Here is the ballot the voters of Miami-Dade will see for the five contested County Court judicial elections:
GROUP 2: (Judge Mary Jo Francis retiring):
Rosy Aponte - she has been an attorney for ten years, all in private practice running her own law firm. Prior to her career as a lawyer she was an elementary school teacher. For the past decade she has handled Civil Rights and Discrimination cases against employers for race, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation and religion. She also defends homeowners facing foreclosure. In 2016, she lost a Circuit Court race to eventual winner Oscar Rodriguez Fonts. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $88,000.
Kristy Nunez - she has been an ASA with the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office since 2005. Since 2016 she has served as Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit. Prior to 2016, she served as a Felony Division Chief for four years where she focused on investigating and prosecuting homicide cases and training junior prosecutors. She has also specialized in prosecuting violent career criminals during her time in the Career Criminal and Robbery Unit, and spent almost four years in the Sexual Battery and Child Abuse Unit. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $60,000.
GROUP 32: (Judge Caryn Canner Schwartz retiring):
Lizzet Martinez - she ran in 2016 and lost to Judge Ed Newman. Ms. Martinez has been an attorney for 20 years and she handles family law and bankruptcy matters. She has also served as a Guardian ad Litem. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $112,000.
Chris Pracitto - he spent his first three years with the Miami-Dade PD's Office as an APD. For the past twenty years he has been in private practice. He handles family law and criminal defense matters with an emphasis on domestic violence cases. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $128,000.
GROUP 33: (Judge Teretha Thomas Lundy retiring):
Olanike Adebayo - she has been an attorney for 21 years. She spent the first eight years of her career as an ASA with the Miami-Dade SAO where she rose to the position of Chief of Litigation of the Juvenile Division. She spent the next five years working as a Police Legal Advisor for the Legal Bureau of the Miami-Dade Police Dept. She returned to the SAO in Miami and spent the next four years working in their Community Outreach Division. In 2014, she switched sides and now works for the defense as a member of the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, in their Dependency Division. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $104,000.
Eleane Sosa-Bruzon - she has been practicing law for more than 12 years. First, as an APD with the Broward PD’s office. She handled misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases, and ultimately worked her way up to the major crimes division. After six years, she moved into private practice and joined the 40 lawyer firm Landau & Associates, where she is now a partner. There she first handled legal matters in the areas of Banking, Commercial Litigation, and Real Estate. She currently represents plaintiffs in PIP cases. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $57,000.
GROUP 40: (Judge Don Cohn retiring):
Michael Barket - he has been an attorney for 19 years. He is in private practice and focuses on Family and Matrimonial Law, Child Custody, Paternity, Alimony, Child Support, Adoptions, Probate Law, Administration of Estates and Real Estate. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $72,000.
Elena Ortega-Tauler - she ran for judge in 2016 and lost a Circuit Court race to Judge George Sarduy. Ms. Tauler has a long history of appearing in stories on this Blog. Recently, the Daily Business Review highlighted our story posted in 2008 to introduce the readers to Ms. Tauler and her past legal woes. You can read that 2008 post by going here: Ms. Tauler is in private practice handling immigration and foreclosure defense cases. She has been an attorney for 29 years (which includes the time she spent suspended from practice). Total campaign contributions (including loans): $21,000.
GROUP 43: (Judge Joseph Davis, Jr retiring):
Milena Abreu - Ms. Abreau ran for County Court judge in 2016 and lost to Judge Fred Seraphin by the razor thin margin of 677 votes (out of 211,000 cast). She began her legal career in 1999 at the Miami-Dade PD’s office as an APD. She spent ten years at that office before going into private practice. She currently works with the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel in their Death Penalty Unit. She has also been a Traffic Court Hearing Officer for eight years. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $108,000.
Mike Mirabal - he has been an attorney for 13 years. He ran his own law firm before going to work for one of Europe’s most respected international law firms, joining InterJURIS, an international law firm based in Madrid, Spain. While practicing in Madrid, he returned to law school for a second time to obtain dual degrees, Spanish Law E.U. and an L.L.M. in International Law. Upon completing his education in Spain, he returned to open InterJURIS's Miami headquarters. He now runs his own boutique international law firm. Total campaign contributions (including loans): $79,000.
So, readers, two questions: 1} Who will you be voting for; and 2} Who do you think will win?
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