The race for Public Defender may be getting a lot more interesting soon. In addition to Gordon Weekes, Ruby Green, and Jim Lewis, retired judge Tom Lynch is also seriously considering throwing his hat in the ring to replace Howard Finkelstein in 2020.
As the rumors reached fever pitch this week, Tom was asked for a comment this morning. Here’s what he had to say:
”I’m leaning heavily to run for the public defender, and will make my final decision soon. If I run I will file in early April. I have had encouraging phone conversations with a number of people. I was hired as a public defender before I was even a lawyer. Al Schreiber was the best boss I ever had. The public defenders office taught me how to become a trial lawyer. I was always extremely proud to be a public defender. I believe the office can be run better. I’m told there is low morale, and I believe the focus should be on everyone trying cases.”
Interestingly, Tom’s decision may impact the candidacy of another rumored hopeful, Josh Rydell.
When asked about Lynch, here’s what Rydell said:
”Based on conversations I have had with retired judge Tom Lynch, I will not be running for public defender and look forward to working diligently with Tom on his campaign as we both have a similar vision for the office.”
Whether or not a Lynch filing impacts the candidacies of any of the already filed individuals remains to be seen …
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