There are four contested circuit judge seats on the ballot on August 14. All voters in the five-county judicial circuit can vote for each race, no matter where the judge is located. The races are non-partisan. The Naples Daily News explains.
Listen to the candidates from a recent Florida Bar forum held in Fort Myers moderated by former Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp:
Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards says she’ll have no problem meeting the Justice Department’s Aug. 15 deadline for election records.
Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary Date Selection Committee meets for the first time on Friday. Its members include former Florida Republican Gov. Bob Martinez.
Florida’s political leaders want the state to have a more prominent role in the nomination process. The smaller state of Iowa, which kicks off the primary season, holds its caucus Dec. 5 followed by New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Florida would be the first large state to select a Republican nominee for president. Martinez said this could set the tone for the rest of the election season.
“It has an impact on the remaining primaries when a large state with a population as diverse as ours - it may make a statement that has an impact on states that have primaries after we do,” he said.
Martinez was a one-term governor serving from 1987 to 1991. He was followed in office by Democrat Lawton Chiles. The nominating committee is comprised of a mix of Republicans and Democrats. It has until Oct. 1 to name its selection of a date for the Presidential Preference Primary. The date will be sometime between the first Tuesday in January and the first Tuesday in March.
Republican Venice resident Nancy Detert becomes State Senator in District 23. She spent 8 years as a state representative.
Republican Paige Kreegel won Florida House seat district 72, Doug Holder won District 70 and Ken Roberson won District 71. Republican Nick Thompson retained his seat in the state House for District 73.
Bill Cameron is the next Charlotte County Sheriff. And Mike Scott remains Lee County’s Sheriff.
Collier voters passed a referendum to fund schools.
Incumbent U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Miami retained his seat in District 25, which includes eastern Collier County.
Bob Janes, Frank Mann and Ray Judah remain on the Lee County Commission.