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Election 2004

Five judges on way to easily keeping seats

By JIM ROSS
Published November 3, 2004

Precinct-by-precinct

THE PRESIDENCY
This time, key to presidency lies with Ohio

THE SENATE
Martinez lead at just under 1 percent

THE STATE
Five judges on way to easily keeping seats
Justices' jobs appear safe, judging by early returns
Voters call it a draw in doctor-lawyer battle
Senate lead at just under 1 percent
Cantero, Bell easily hang onto seats

TAMPA BAY
Coats easily beats former shock jock
Lines pose biggest problem for voters
Local roots, support boost Burke's victory
Pinellas Suncoast race close; fee hike fails
Voters approve higher tax to help Pinellas teachers, schools
Biggest voting gripe: long lines

PASCO
Pasco pulls off smooth election
Kurt Browning bests Bergy
Fiorentino secures job after tough quest
Incumbent Hildebrand sails to sixth term
Jack Mariano upsets Peter Altman

HERNANDO
Voters pack polls with vigor
Fagan leads decisively, vows to seek consensus
Nugent 'thrilled' as he heads to easy win
Precincts experience only minor problems
Pugh cruises in 1 race; recount likely in other
In Hernando: experience, Democrats

CITRUS
Fervor, dignity meet at polls
Spivey charges past Takac for seat on bench
2 incumbents win, another defeated by former chief

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Voters sent five judges from the 5th District Court of Appeal a strong message: We want you to stay.

Jacqueline R. Griffin, David A. Monaco, Earle W. Peterson Jr., Winifred J. Sharp and Vincent G. Torpy Jr. cruised toward victory in their merit retention races. In such races, voters decide either to retain appellate judges or remove them from office.

No Florida judge has ever been displaced in a merit retention election.

The court, based in Daytona Beach, hears appeals from circuit courts in these counties: Citrus, Hernando, Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter and Volusia. Voters in those counties had a chance to vote on the judges.

Appellate court judges serve six-year terms and are paid a $143,363 annual salary.

Sharp, 68, has been on the court since 1979. Former Gov. Bob Graham appointed her to the bench.

Griffin, 57, and Peterson, 68, have served since 1990, when former Gov. Bob Martinez appointed them.

Monaco, 61, and Torpy, 48, are relative newcomers: They started their service in January 2003, when Gov. Jeb Bush appointed them to the court.

Lawyers who participated in a Florida Bar poll overwhelmingly supported retention of the five judges.

If a judge lost a merit retention election, the governor would appoint a replacement after receiving candidates from a judicial nominating commission.

[Last modified November 2, 2004, 22:49:10]


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