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October 4, 2021
CONTACT: Christine Derr, Chair, [email protected]
Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 813-223-5421

The following nominations have been forwarded to Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill the position of County Court Judge for the remaining three newly created seats.

Robert Brazel

Cory Chandler

Travis J. Coy

Cornelius Demps

Matthew Felix

James Giardina

E. Michael Isaak

Randall Leonard

Susan Shorter Lopez

Troy Lovell

Marc S. Makholm

Elba Martin

Brian McElfatrick

Bennett M. Miller

Megan Newcomb

Diego Novaes

Gregory Pizzo

Matthew Smith

These nominations are the result of the Commission’s deliberations on Oct. 1, 2021, following interviews with 54 applicants over the course of three days. The Commission thanks all of those who participated in the nomination process. Input from the community by way of reference, recommendations, or general information about the applicants is vital to the process and is appreciated by the Commission.

For further information, please contact Christine Derr, Chair, at 813-223-5421 or [email protected].


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