October 28, 2000
Three Hillsborough races
Hillsborough County voters will elect a supervisor of elections, circuit court clerk and property appraiser in the Nov. 7 general election. Though these constitutional officers have fairly narrow duties, largely dictated by state law, a candidate with little experience and poor judgment can wreak havoc on the orderly administration of county government. The following races are open to all Hillsborough voters.
Merit retention for judges
In November, voters across the state will be deciding whether to move from our current system of electing county and circuit judges to a system known as merit retention, in which the governor appoints judges from a group of nominees and, in regular uncontested elections, the electorate decides whether the judges get to keep their jobs. We already employ this system for Florida's Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges, whose performance is put before the electorate after their initial appointment and then every six years.
Democratic candidate for Hillsborough County state attorney