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March 6, 2019
CONTACT: Gilbert M. Singer, Chair; [email protected]
13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 813-288-1881

The 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission announces that the following applicants will be interviewed for consideration to be nominated to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court of the 13th Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County created by the appointment of the Honorable Laurel Lee to the office of Florida Secretary of State:


Lindsay Alvarez

Robert H. Bonanno, Jr.

Shelton Bridges

Jessica Goodwin Costello

Travis J. Coy

Mary Lou Cuellar-Stilo

Andrew (Drew) Eckhoff

Evangelina Ana (Lyann) Goudie

John A. Grant, III

Gregory Green

Susan Shorter Lopez

Troy Matthew Lovell

Paul S. Maney

Brigid A. Merenda

James S. Moody, III

Loretta Comiskey O’Keeffe

Thomas N. Palermo

John A. Schifino

Jared E. Smith (Judge)

Matthew Alex Smith

Jason Paul Stearns

Rick Terrana

Miriam Velez Valkenburg (Judge)

Alicia Raina Whiting-Bozich


The Commission encourages and seeks comments from the public and from members of the Bench and Bar regarding the qualifications of these applicants. Comments may be addressed to Gilbert M. Singer, Chair, and sent via email to: [email protected]

by Friday, March 8, 2019, to be considered by the Commission.


The Commission will conduct interviews on Monday, March 11, 2019, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the law offices of Bush Ross, P. A., 1801 North Highland Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33602. The Commission will submit the names of nominees for this vacancy to Gov. Ron DeSantis by March 18, 2019.


A list of the 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is available from The Florida Bar’s website. Questions should be directed to Gilbert M. Singer, Chair, 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, at 813-288-1881 or via email to: [email protected]


The Commission thanks all applicants who submitted applications for this vacancy.





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