Pinellas-Pasco citizens will elect two judges
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08/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Voters throughout the Tampa Bay Area will vote tomorrow in local primary elections.

In Pinellas and Pasco Counties , citizens will vote in two judicial races.

In Group 6, there are three candidates. Bruce Howie is a Clearwater attorney who has worked in the legal field since the late 1970s. He graduated from Boston University College of Law in 1978. WMNF spoke with him recently in Tampa.

Mary Handsel has worked for 18 years in the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office, beginning there directly after she graduated from Stetson College of Law in Gulfport. Speaking on a cellphone, WMNF asked her about how to make the court system more efficient as funding continues to be a challenge.

The third candidate in Group 6 is Violet Assaid. She graduated from Stetson Law in 1988. In 1989, she began working in the Public Defenders’ office. WMNF asked how she feels about the increased use of specialized courts -- drug court, probation violation court, complex business litigation court, possibly mental health court.

The other judicial race in Pinellas-Pasco is Group 8. Kenneth Foote is running against Susan L. Gardner and Robert Angus Williams.

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