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Monday, April 20, 2020

JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 2020 .... CIRCUIT COURT .......


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

QUALIFYING WEEK - MASKED EDITION .....

It comes around every two years and your trusted El Capitan is here to bring you all the news. Qualifying week runs from Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24 at NOON. Today we bring you the latest in the Circuit Court races.

CIRCUIT COURT:

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

Here is the list of 32 Incumbents who are currently unopposed:


Ivonne Cuesta
Rosa Figarola
Angelica Zayas
Jose Rodriguez
Jorge Cueto
Alex Spicola Bokor
Daryl Trawick
Migna Sanchez-Llorens
Yvonne Colodny
Tanya Brinkley
Laura Stuzin
Peter Lopez
Alberto Milian
Spencer Multack
Michelle Alvarez Barakat
Orlando Prescott
Stacy Glick
Dawn Denaro
Cristina Miranda
Abby Cynamon
Marcia Caballero
Martin Zilber
Alan Fine
Thomas Rebull
Richard Hersch
Veronica Diaz
Reemberto Diaz
Carlos Guzman
Dava Tunis
Spencer Eig
Beatrice "Betty" Butchko
Andrea Ricker Wolfson

Here are the contested races and open seat races: (Q next to their name means they have plucked down the $6,427.52 necessary to run for that seat).

UPDATES: AS THE CANDIDATES QUALIFY WE WILL UPDATE YOU WITH NEW INFORMATION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE


GROUP 37 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Celeste Muir retiring)

Michelle Delancy (Q)
- she has not yet qualified and she has a net worth of $916,640

- she has raised $88,828 from 307 contributors and loaned her campaign $88,250
- she is an attorney with Delancy Law with a salary of $147,000

SHE IS CURRENTLY UNOPPOSED

GROUP 55 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Jeri Beth Cohen retiring)

Olanike "Nike" Adebayo (Q)
- she has not yet qualified and she has a net worth of $39,981
- she has raised $55,431 from 195 contributors and loaned her campaign $1,604
- she is an attorney with the Office of Criminal Conflicts with a salary of $55,478
- she was a candidate for County Court in 2018. She was defeated by Judge Eleane Sosa-Bruzon 56% to 44%


Joe Perkins (Q)
- he has a net worth of $575,000 and he has qualified
- he has raised $127,069 from 135 contributors and loaned his campaign $75,500
- he is an attorney with Garbett Allen & Roza with a salary of $165,000
- he was a candidate for Circuit Court in 2018. He lost his race to Judge Yery Marrero 53% to 47%

GROUP 57 (OPEN SEAT - Judge Bernard Shapiro retiring)


Carmen Cabarga (Q)
- she has a Net Worth of $231,000 and she has qualified
- she has raised $64,906 from 170 contributors and loaned her campaign $145,000

- she took out a HELOC in the amount of $100,000 and borrowed another $45,000, all from Iberia Bank
- she is an attorney with the Office of Criminal Conflicts with a salary of $65,000


SHE IS CURRENTLY UNOPPOSED

GROUP 67

Mavel Ruiz (Incumbent) (Q)
- she was first elected in 2014 beating Incumbent Judge
Fleur Lobree 54% to 46%.
- she has not yet qualified and she has a net worth of $199,459
- she has a salary of $160,688 as a Circuit Court Judge

- she has raised $123,944 from 278 contributors and loaned her campaign $78,000

Marcia Giordano Hansen (Q)
- she has not yet qualified and she has a net worth of $996,788

- she has raised $44,280 from 167 contributors and loaned her campaign $50,200
- she is an attorney with The Hansen Law Firm with a salary of

$50,000
- she first filed to run for County Court Judge in Group 9 against Incumbent Judge Joe Mansfield before switching to this race


Tomorrow - County Court .....


CAPTAIN OUT .......
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11 comments:

Eye on Q said...

When are the Q endorsements out?

Anonymous said...

My predictions:

-No one else enters the races because it would be crazy to start a campaign right now unless self-funded.

-Delancy qualifies at the last minute and her financials show a fully drawn HELOC.

-Adebayo files in county court at the last minute (I like her and I like Perkins, but she has no chance against him).

-Cabarga wins unopposed

-Ruiz (a former REGJB regular) and Hansen (a REGJB regular) fight neck and neck.

the trialmaster said...

This shows what is wrong the way we select Judges. Two of the want-to-be- are from the office of criminal conflict making 60k a year because of a lack of talent and an inability to be hired in private practice. They seek to wear the robes simply to get a huge pay raise and drink some more on the public trough. We need more Judges like Judge Hanzman. He is easily the best we have prsently.

Anonymous said...

I agree 1000% with Trialmaster. Hanzman was successful in private practice and it shows in his judging abilities. According to the time frames on the Florida Bar attorney search webpage, of the five current circuit candidates (circuit, people, our highest trial court), the three who have not been successful in private practice share another common trait: one was admitted three bar exams after graduation from law school and two were admitted two bar exams after graduation. See a pattern?

Anonymous said...

Off the subject announcement

Apodaca v. Oregon is gone. The idea of verdicts of less than unanimity is gone. Jury verdicts must be unanimous in criminal cases.

The court made this ruling in Ramos v. Louisiana. It should be noted that LA got rid of less than unanimous verdicts a short time ago, but the Oregon case still stood, and this case had to be decided in order to get Mr. Ramos a new trial on his murder conviction.

It would be logical that the death penalty requirement of unanimity in the Florida statute will remain. The question will now be whether, despite the recent opinion in the Florida Supreme (Canaday) Court's decision to the contrary, will all those who were sentenced to death on less that unanimity be entitled to those rehearings they have been denied. SCOTUS has decided this is a constitutional right, therefore, not procedural, but substantive.

Gorsuch wrote the opinion of the court with concurrences or dissents from everyone.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


WRONG 11:09 AM:

Michelle Delancy (Q)
- she has NOW qualified and she has a net worth of $916,640

I can't see Cabarga walking into a Circuit Court Judge's robe without a challenge.

CAP OUT .......

Anonymous said...

I know someone who is going to run at the last minute. Carbaga, watch out!

Anonymous said...

I could not disagree with "the Trialmaster" more. I suspect that he knows nothing about the people he is talking trash about. Trialmaster, have you even met them? It is entirely possible that these folks are public servants at heart and wish to serve the public at a higher level. And there is simply nothing wrong with that.

Next, while Hanzman was financially successful and a good judge, being a financially successful lawyer doesn't necessarily make you a good lawyer, much less have much to do with being a good judge. Lets be clear, the most important factor in making money as a lawyer is the ability to sell services. There is nothing wrong with being a good salesman. But being a good salesman doesn't mean that you'll be a good judge or public servant.

The amount of trash talking that you people do, without basis, when someone throws their hat into the ring to be a judge is shameful. You complain about the pool of candidates, but then you make it so uninviting to test the waters that no one in their right mind would want to do it.

I applaud the candidates, each and every one of them; and I wish them all good luck in their respective elections and in their efforts to serve the public.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


11:09 AM

Wrong again, on Adebayo. She has Qualified in Circuit Court against Perkins. She has a Net Worth of $39,981.

In fact, all of the candidates in the open seats have now Qualified.

So, now we will see who steps forward to challenge Michelle Delancy and challenge Carmen Cabarga - or will either of them win without an opponent.

Cap Out .....


Anonymous said...

2:!! I suspect that Canady's opinion will not fair well with the Supremes. I hope that it has been noted at how many of the naughty, immoral, criminal conservatives on the Court voted to insist on unanimity.

Anonymous said...

3:07 brought a tear to my eye, but with the exception of a few, highly talented public service lawyers, it would be nice to see candidate for the circuit court who would not be getting a raise. if they go on the bench.
By the way, Judge Hanzman is not only very rich, he is very bright, works very hard, and we are blessed to have him on the court. Not only that, but he had a name that perhaps more than 10 people knew when he was appointed.