Tensions are running high in the judicial set, at least amongst the ones up for election this year.
As in 2008 and 2010, when a record number of incumbents were challenged, judges are well aware that the deepening economic crisis, together with the current paradigm shift relating to the quick, emergency based ramp up in technological improvements to the traditionally hidebound court system, means already stressed attorneys may be looking for a solidly reliable paycheck and an amazing pension, not to mention health care benefits.
Additionally, as reflected in the comments section, some people feel advantages enjoyed by incumbents on the campaign trail will be severely limited due to virus related issues, with vote by mail becoming a defining factor, since face to face campaigning may become impossible, with money raising abilities hampered by the stagnant economy and the inability to hold fundraisers.
Lastly, there is real anger out there regarding the judicial appointment process, as many feel the system is impossibly politicized to the point highly qualified “D” lawyers won’t even bother to apply, emboldening others to exercise their constitutional rights and run for office.
Putting it simply, the “perfect storm” of 2010 may be upon us again, with unprecedented and unique pandemic factors further fanning the turmoil.
If you’re interested in locking in a salary of $160,688 for circuit and $151,822 for county, plus a potential pension for life of at least $30,000 annually after a single term, you might want to breathe life into judicial democracy in Broward County and consider a run in 2020.
Candidate pre-qualifying has been opened up early this year, starting April 6th due to the pandemic, so now’s the time to gather up your documents.
From the Division of Elections, also applying to the county SOE:
Keep clicking here to for circuit, and here for county, to see who is running. Many will try to strategically wait until the last minute, but since there likely won’t be Tallahassee or SOE walk-ins, it will be easier to gauge this year than in the past. And remember, if the page is slow to load, keep trying. It’s only because nervous judicial fingers are also busily clicking to see if they’ve got a race or a walk in 2020 …