With election day around the corner, many candidates are out in full force now, especially the Judicial candidates whose names have already been mailed out to absentee voters for the August 14 election.
There were two noteworthy events that were “must-be-seen events” for candidates in Broward County last week. The first was the South Broward Board of Realtors “Meet the Candidates” night at the Signature Grand in Davie.
This event attracted candidates from every race. Spotted were Republican candidates hoping to face off with Debbie Wasserman Schultz in November: Gineen Bresso, Ozzie deFaria and Karen Harrington.
Candidates running for Florida House were Elizabeth Eddy (REP) District 99, James Gleason (REP) District 97, Robin Behrman (DEM) District 104 and Louis Reinstein (DEM) District 98. School Board Candidates Robin Bartleman and Donna Korn who are running for two different At-Large seats were in attendance as well.
Judicial candidates couldn’t stay long as they had to attend a forum at “Awake Broward” in Plantation.
Awake Broward is part of the statewide “Awake the State” a grassroots organization to urge state legislators to end the war on the middle class.
The Judicial forum was moderated by Public Defender Howard Finklestein and 14 Circuit and County Court candidates attended. Each candidate gave their opinions regarding the high incarceration rates of minorities, mental illness or disabilities (if they were affected by someone close to them), as well as transparency in the courtroom.
The candidates said which judge was their role model in Broward County Court and discussed their qualifications as well. Guests were able to mingle with them after the event and learn more about the candidates.
In attendance were:
Circuit Judge Group 19
Rothschild and Julie Shapiro Harris
Circuit Judge, Group 35
Michael Rocque and Dale Ross (Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish filled in for Ross)
Circuit Judge Group 45
Julio Gonzalez, Oliver Parker and Rhoda Sokoloff
County Court Judge Group 5
County Court Judge Group 6
Ilene Lieberman and Kathleen McHugh
County Court Judge Group 10
Roshawn Banks and Robert Diaz
County Court Judge Group 32
Melanie Golden and Terri-Ann Miller
Broward County residents will be able to vote for the candidate they feel is most qualified on August 14.
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