John Flynn and Ruth Moracen Knight will meet in a runoff election for Group 8 County Decide after an election marred by accusations of partisan campaigning.

Flynn, a lawyer with a apply in Bartow, acquired 35.8% of the vote within the five-way race. Knight, an assistant public defender, got here in second with 19.9%. She narrowly edged Adam Patton, a Lakeland lawyer, who acquired 18.9%.

As a result of no candidate acquired a majority, the highest two finishers shall be on the poll for the Nov. 8 basic election.

Tara Wheat, a Winter Haven lawyer, positioned fourth with 16.3% of the vote, adopted by Carmalita Lall at 9.1%.

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The seat on the tenth Judicial Circuit turned open as County Decide Susan Barber ran for a place as a circuit courtroom choose. Barber confronted no opposition and can assume her new title in January.

The duties of the county choose shall be assigned after the winner is set. County judges oversee instances in such areas as prison, civil, evictions and small claims. The tenth Judicial Circuit, primarily based in Bartow, covers Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.

Flynn, Knight face November runoff in Polk County choose race

Flynn, 48, has operated his personal personal apply in Bartow since 2005. He holds a bachelor’s diploma from the College of Tampa, a grasp’s diploma in enterprise from Nova Southeastern College and a regulation diploma from Loyola College in New Orleans.

After passing The Florida Bar examination in 2002, Flynn started his profession within the State Legal professional’s Workplace for the tenth Judicial Circuit underneath the now-retired Jerry Hill. He spent three years as a prosecutor earlier than going into personal apply and finally opening his personal agency, The Flynn Regulation Group.

The Mulberry resident mentioned he handles largely prison instances however has additionally labored in household and civil regulation.

Knight, 54, has labored for the Public Defender’s Workplace of the tenth Judicial Circuit for the previous 20 years.

Ruth Moracen Knight

She got here to the U.S. when her dad and mom fled Cuba in 1985, and dwell a few of her youth in Puerto Rico. She holds a bachelor’s diploma from the College of Puerto Rico Cayey College Faculty, the place she studied psychology and neighborhood psychological well being. She acquired her regulation diploma from the College of Florida Levin Faculty of Regulation.

Within the remaining week of the marketing campaign, accusations of partisan campaigning arose.

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