Broward County Candidates Out In Droves as Primary Nears

Judicial Candidates Ilene Lieberman, Olga Levine and Rhoda Sokoloff attending the “Awake Broward” forum with moderator Public Defender Howard Finklestein

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.

Candidate Terri-Ann Miller answers a question at the forum

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

Olga Levine

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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About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.


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  • Michael G. Ahearn

    Ms. Baron

    A correction, Ms. Lori Parrish is the Broward County’s elected Property Appraiser, not property manager. As well, Judge Dale Ross was out of the area dealing with a person family matter the evening Ms. Parrish was kind enough to serve as our surrogate.

    Editor: Thank you so much for the correction, Michael. That’s what I get for not proofreading well!

  • Carla Gray

    I am very interested to know whether Melanie Golden or Terri-Ann Miller will fight to get rid of the FCAT in the state of Florida thank you

    Editor: Carla, Golden and Miller are running for Judge. They have no say in removing the FCAT in the state of Florida. Please read about our School Board Candidates on this site. You may contact them as well to find out their opinions on this. Don’t forget the At-Large School Board candidates as well.