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November 15, 2022
CONTACT: Maximillian Amster, Chair, [email protected]
Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 813-575-2266

As a result of the county court vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Susan “Suzy” Lopez in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Gov. Ron DeSantis has convened the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to select and submit the names of highly qualified candidates to fill the vacancies. The following individuals have applied for the vacancies:

County Court Vacancy Applicants:

E. Christopher Abdoney
Alicia Whiting Bozich
Christine Shiver Brown
Cory L. Chandler
Travis J. Coy
Jeffrey D. Groover
E. Michael Isaak
Joseph W. Kudia
Elba C. Martin
Richard H. Martin
Bennett M. Miller
Diego F. Novaes
Matthew H. Perry
Lisa M. Thelwell
W. Michael Thornton

The Commission encourages and seeks comments regarding the qualifications of these applicants from the public and from members of the Bench and Bar. Comments may be addressed to Max Amster, Chair, Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, and emailed to [email protected], or mailed to Max Amster, 1700 S. MacDill Ave, Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33629. Comments must be received no later than 12 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2022, to be considered by the Commission.

Interviews will be conducted Dec. 13, 2022 at the SHUMAKER Gasparilla Conference Room. Bank of America Plaza, Suite 2800. 101 East Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, FL. Applicants will be contacted to confirm the time and location of the interviews. A complete interview schedule will be published in advance of the interviews. A remote appearance option will also be made available for the public to attend the interviews.

All proceedings of the Commission are open to the public except for deliberations. Questions about the application or interview process should be directed to the Chair, Max Amster or Vice Chair, Pedro Bajo.

The members of the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission are:

Maximillian Amster, Chair
[email protected]
Tel: 813-575-2266

Pedro Bajo, Vice Chair
[email protected]
Tel: 813-223-3130

Michael Beltran
[email protected]
Tel: 813-653-7097

Teresa M. Gaffney
[email protected]
Tel: 813-210-0493

Andrew J. Mayts, Jr.
[email protected]
Tel: 813-227-2248

Chad Mizelle
[email protected]
Tel: 863-712-1833

Diego Pestana
[email protected]
Tel: 352-346-1220

Matthew Hall
[email protected]
Tel: 813-227-8479

Charles Reynolds
[email protected]
Tel: 954-361-6984


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