Eleven judicial races decided, six go to runoffs

first_img Eleven judicial races decided, six go to runoffs Eleven judicial races decided, six go to runoffs Six circuit court races in Florida will be resolved by runoffs in November while another 11 were decided in the state’s August 31 primary.The voting also settled a handful of primaries in public defender and state attorney races.In the judicial races, every contest with three or more candidates resulted in a runoff. Those results, according to state records, are: • In the Fifth Circuit, Group 10, Stephen Spivey got 45.9 percent and Michael Takac 30.7 percent to make the runoff, eliminating Anthony Tatti who got 23.4 percent. • In the Sixth Circuit, Group 22, Cynthia Newton with 31.9 percent and Jack Day with 24.7 percent will meet in the runoff. They bested Walter Schafer, Jr., with 20.8 percent, Bill Vinson with 12.4 percent, and Michael Berry, Sr., with 10.2 percent. • In the Eighth Circuit, Group 9, Mark Moseley narrowly led Harvey Baxter, 32.9 to 31.4 percent. Eliminated were Dan Sikes with 15.5 percent and Craig Hall with 20.2 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 40, William Thomas and Catherine Parks ran neck and neck, with 30 and 29.9 percent respectively, to make the runoff. They led Jose Velis with 23 percent and Don Cohn with 17.1 percent. • In the 12th Circuit, Group 2, Diana Moreland with 44 percent and Susan Chapman with 31.4 percent made the runoff. They eliminated William Salomone with 8.4 percent and Michael Mosca with 16.2 percent. • In the 19th Circuit, Group 2, Gary Sweet with 30.9 percent and Bob Pegg with 22.9 percent will meet in November. They led Jim Harpring with 18.4 percent, Albert Moore with 11.6 percent, and Darren Steele with 16.2 percent. Decided Races In contests that were decided in the August 31 balloting: • In the Fifth Circuit, Group 24, Willard Pope defeated Scott Wynn 53.6 to 46.4 percent. • In the Sixth Circuit, Group 18, George Greer bested Jan Govan 65 to 35 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 3, John Schlesinger outpolled Teresa Pooler 57.1 to 42.9 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 32, Barbara Areces topped D. Bruce Levy 57.9 to 42.1 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 45, Peter Adrien defeated Henry Harnage, 57 to 43 percent. • In the 13th Circuit, Group 17, Charles “Ed” Bergmann defeated Beth Reineke 58.5 to 41.5 percent. • In the 15th Circuit, group 4, Martin Cohn topped Robert Arnold 53.5 to 46.5 percent. • In the 17th Circuit, Group 13, Hope Tieman-Bristol won over Mila Schwartzreich 53.6 to 46.4. (Although the election ran generally with few glitches, the Florida Secretary of State’s Web site erroneously reported that Schwartzreich won with 100 percent of the vote. The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Web site had the correct totals.) • In the 17th Circuit, Group 51, Cheryl Aleman overcame Robert Malove, 52.9 to 47.1 percent. • In the 19th Circuit, Group 1, Jim McCann bested Robert Belanger 58.5 to 41.5 percent.The state does not track results for county judge elections. PDs and Prosecutors In the only public defender primary, incumbent Democrat Rick Parker defeated challenger Dean Galigani 59.7 to 40.3 percent. He has no opposition in November.There were three primaries for state attorney around the state. In the 11th Circuit Republican primary, Al Milian defeated Leslie Rothenberg 71.2 to 28.8 percent, winning the right to face incumbent Democrat Katherine Fernandez Rundle in November. In the 13th Circuit Republican Primary, incumbent Mark Ober defeated Robin Fuson 76.2 to 23.8 percent. He won another term as there is no general election opponent. In the 16th Circuit, incumbent Republican Mark Kohl defeated Jonathan Ellsworth 53.6 to 46.4 percent. Kohl also won reelection as there is no general election opponent.center_img September 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more