Diverse group seeks Tampa-area judgeships

Elaine Silvestrini, (@ElaineTBO)

A former city councilman, a former state representative and several former prosecutors all are vying for open judgeships this year.

In all, 12 candidates will appear on the ballot, competing for four open circuit court seats and one contested county court post. Two of the circuit judge elections are three-way races.

In the four contested circuit judge races:

Former Tampa City Council member John Dingfelder is running against Carl C. Hinson and Barbara Twine Thomas for the Group 8 seat, replacing retiring Judge James D. Arnold.

Former state Rep. Michael Scionti will face Michael John Brannigan for the Group 19 seat, replacing retiring Chief Judge Manny Menendez Jr.

Former prosecutor Karen Stanley will face Laura Ward for the Group 20 seat, replacing retiring Judge Sam Pendino.

Robert Bauman, Constance Daniels and Melissa “Missy” Polo will compete for the Group 34 seat, replacing retiring Judge James Barton II.

At the county court level, there will be one competitive race. Norman S. Cannella Jr. is looking to unseat Chris Nash, who was appointed to the bench last year.

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