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March 29, 2021
CONTACT: Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, Chair
Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (863) 656-6672

The following is a list of the applicants for the position of Tenth Circuit, Circuit Court Judge to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Steven L. Selph. Names of the applicants are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Victoria J. Avalon Assistant State Attorney, Tenth Judicial Circuit Bartow, Florida

8. Brandon J. Rafool Attorney

Winter Haven, Florida

2. Graylin C. Chastang Attorney

Bartow, Florida

9. Brenda P. Ramirez Attorney

Lakeland, Florida

3. Amanda J. Horton Law Library Director Bartow, Florida

10. Monica V. Smith

Senior Trial Court Staff Attorney Bartow, Florida

4. Ruth M. Knight

Assistant Public Defender Bartow, Florida

11. Jennifer L. Steimle

Senior Trial Court Law Clerk, Tenth Judicial Circuit Bartow, Florida

5. Kevin M. Kohl County Court Judge Bartow, Florida

12. John C. Waters Attorney Lakeland, Florida

6. Carmalita Lall Public Defender Bartow, Florida

13. Tara E. Wheat

Assistant Public Defender Bartow, Florida

7. Adam D. Patton Attorney Lakeland, Florida

14. Lori A. Winstead County Court Judge Bartow, Florida

Interviews will be conducted by the Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission on April 8, via videoconference, through the Zoom application. Interviews will commence at approximately 9:00 a.m. on April 8, and will continue throughout the day.

Commission Members are: Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, Krista Mahalak, Patrice F. Behnstedt, Benjamin W. Hardin, Jr., Frederick Murphy, Jr., Edward Blake Paul, Robert S. Swaine, Richard E. Straughn, and Nicholas T. Zbrzeznj.

Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, Chair 99 Sixth Street SW

Winter Haven, Florida 33880 Telephone: (863) 656-6672

Facsimile: (863)301-4500 [email protected]

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