THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
QUALIFYING WEEK HAS ENDED ..... YOUR WINNERS & CONTESTED RACES*
In Circuit Court, four Incumbent judges drew opponents this year while 19 Incumbent judges were re-elected without a challenger. In County Court, three Incumbent judges drew opposition and 12 Incumbents were re-elected without anyone filing against them.
And congratulations to Judge-Elect Marcus Bach Armas who was first to file in the open seat vacated by retiring Judge Edward Newman. Bach Armas did not draw an opponent and he can now turn in his season tickets to the Dolphins front office and exchange those seats for an aqua and orange judicial robe. How fitting that Judge Newman, an offensive lineman, who played in three Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins, winning one (Super Bowl VIII over the Vikings), is being replaced by the senior counsel for the team he played with for 12 years. Thank you Judge Newman for your 28 years of service to the citizens of Miami-Dade County.
As an added bonus to getting re-elected, your Circuit and County Court judges are expecting a very nice bump in their salaries come July 1. That presumes that Governor DeSantis does not issue a line item veto on the amounts recommended in the Budget bill.
Under the new budget, effective July 1, a circuit court judge’s salary would increase from $165,509 to $182,060, and a county court judge’s salary would rise from $156,377 to $172,015.
CONTESTED CIRCUIT COURT RACES:
Teressa Maria Cervera
Brenda Gitchev Guerrero
Congratulations to the following 19 judges who have earned another six years on the CIRCUIT COURT bench:
Group 4 Christina Marie DiRaimondo (I)
Group 6 Laura Shearon Cruz (I)
Group 9 Marcia del Rey (I)
Group 10 Scott M Bernstein (I)
Group 12 Bertila Ana Soto (I)
Group 16 Tom "Tomas" Rebull (I)
Group 26 William I. Altfield (I)
Group 28 Jennifer D. Bailey (I)
Group 32 Barbara Areces (I)
Group 39 David H Young (I)
Group 40 William Thomas (I)
Group 41 Milton "Milt" Hirsch (I)
Group 45 Samantha Ruiz Cohen (I)
Group 46 Ramiro C. Areces (I)
Group 59 Nushin G. Sayfie (I)
Group 62 Gina Beovides (I)
Group 63 Marlene A. Fernandez-Karavetsos (I)
Group 64 Zachary N. James (I)
Group 74 George "Jorge" A. Sarduy (I)
CONTESTED COUNTY COURT RACES:
Renier Diaz de la Portilla
Lissette De La Rosa
Alicia Garcia Priovolos
Congratulation to the following 10 judges who have earned another six years on the COUNTY COURT bench along with Judge-Elect Bach Armas who avoids a contested election:
Group 03 Ayana Harris (I)
Group 07 Marcus R. Bach Armas (OPEN SEAT - JUDGE NEWMAN RETIRING)
Group 08 Carlos H. Gamez (I)
Group 11 Michaelle Gonzalez-Paulson (I)
Group 13 Elisabeth Espinosa (I)
Group 15 Linda Melendez (I)
Group 23 Carroll Kelly (I)
Group 27 Miesha Shonta Darrough (I)
Group 28 Cristina Rivera Correa (I)
Group 35 Chiaka Ihekwaba (I)
Group 39 Julie Harris Nelson (I)
Good luck to all of the candidates. Enjoy your long, hot summer trekking your way from Florida City north to Aventura and from Miami Beach west to Sweetwater and all points between. Enjoy every pancake breakfast, medianoche sandwich for lunch, and turkey and mashed potato dinner on the way.
The primary election takes place on Tuesday, August 24, 2022.
*We apologize if there were any last minute filings that we missed but this was pre-scheduled due to circumstances not under our control; (conflict in schedule - as I am in trial).