CANDIDATE QUALIFYING OPEN NOW

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:

Candidate qualifying is April 20-24 … with respective and additional 14-day pre-submission periods.”

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 …

VIVA DEMOCRACY!

26 thoughts on “CANDIDATE QUALIFYING OPEN NOW”

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        The county satellites are the best gigs because they are separated from the main courthouse drama. Surprised that more don’t compete for those seats.

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    Broward Judge Showed ‘Disdain’: 4th DCA Reverses Itself on Bias Petition

    In a 180-degree flip, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal Wednesday found that Broward Circuit Judge William W. Haury Jr. should be removed from a wrongful-death lawsuit, over comments he made about defendant Publix Super Markets Inc.’s policy on cell phone use for delivery drivers.

    https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2020/04/08/broward-judge-showed-disdain-4th-dca-reverses-itself-on-bias-petition/?

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    30 bands a year is like having a mil in the bank at a guaranteed 3%. They are crazily overpaid IMHO these types of civil servants.

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    I think there’s more up than are showing now. I think its a little hard to tell because of all the appointments.

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    Past, recent Board of Governors Vote:
    Candidate Kim . . 66%
    Candidate Gelin. 34%
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    … Gelin “Crushed”
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        Since there will be little ability to campaign between now and August – the edge goes to the incumbent judges. All they have to do is let the voters know that they are already judges- doing the job everyday- via online or mailers. It’s a judges best scenario. And most likely only educated and motivated voters will bother to vote- so the incumbents will prevail.

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            They look at female or male and ethnicity. The women vote more. It’s unfortunately a name game. Mailers are squat

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              ONE CLEVER MAILER OUTING THE REPUBLICAN APPOINTED JUDGES AND ITS OVER

              RUN AGAINST ALL BROWARD JUDGES

              NO CAMPAIGNING IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

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    The fee to run is a minor investment against a big gain.

    Rich lawyers looking to retire early should take a flyer and pay it.

    There aren’t term limits making elections the only way to keep them in line.

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