Three Florida Supreme Court Justices and five judges on the 2nd District Court of Appeal face a merit retention vote on Nov. 7 to keep their posts for six-year terms.
Voters statewide will decide whether to retain the Florida Supreme Court justices. Voters in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties will vote on the appellate judges. The vote is nonpartisan and the justices and judges face no opponents.
The Florida Supreme Court justices up for merit retention are Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis, Justice Barbara Joan Pariente and Justice Peggy A. Quince.
The five appellate judges are Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis Jr., Edward C. LaRose, E.J. Salcines and Thomas E. Stringer Sr.
Justices and judges are appointed by the governor, but they must pass merit retention votes every six years. No Supreme Court justice or appellate judge has ever been removed from office in a merit retention vote.
- Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998. He is a graduate of Miami Law School and formerly worked in private practice, specializing in civil trial and appellate litigation.
- Justice Peggy A. Quince was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998. The graduate of Catholic University of America had worked in private practice and at the attorney general's office before being appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 1993.
- Justice Barbara Joan Pariente was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1997. She is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and specialized in civil litigation before she was appointed to the 4th District Court of Appeal in 1993.
- Judge Darryl C. Casanueva was appointed to the appellate court in 1998. He is a former circuit judge, assistant state attorney and private lawyer.
- Judge Charles A. Davis Jr. was appointed to the appellate court in 1999. He is a former circuit judge, county judge and assistant public defender.
- Judge Edward C. LaRose was appointed to the appellate court in 2005. As a private lawyer he specialized in commercial litigation, antitrust and employment law.
- Judge E.J. Salcines was appointed to the appellate court in 1998. He is a former federal and state prosecutor and also worked in private practice.
- Judge Thomas E. Stringer Jr. was appointed to the appellate court in 1999. He is a former circuit judge, county judge, assistant state attorney and private lawyer.
CHRIS TISCH, Times staff writer
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