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Gov. DeSantis makes five judicial appointments

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Gov. DeSantisGov. Ron DeSantis made five judicial appointments May 5, one to the circuit bench and four to county courts.

The new judges include:

  • Tesha Ballou to the 18th Circuit Court. Ballou, 49, of Sanford, has been a general magistrate for Seminole County since 2015. She previously served as a prosecutor for the Fifth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stone Hill College and her law degree from New England School of Law. Ballou fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Tonya Rainwater.
  • Stephanie Silver to the Miami-Dade County Court. Silver, 42, of Miami, has been an assistant state attorney for the 11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office since 2000. She is currently the chief of the county court division. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from Florida State University. Silver fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Michelle Barakat.
  • Zachary James to the Miami-Dade County Court. James, 39, of Miami, has been a partner at Meland, Russin and Budwick since 2011. He formerly served as a prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Miami. James fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Tanya Brinkely.
  • Charles Young to the Escambia County Court. Young, 58, of Pensacola, has been an attorney at Clark Partington & Hart since 2018. He formerly served as a civics teacher before attending law school. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and his law degree from Florida State University. Young fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joyce Williams.
  • Anthony Salem to the Duval County Court. Salem, 34, of Jacksonville, has been an assistant general counsel for the City of Jacksonville since 2017. He previously served as a prosecutor for the Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Salem fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Meredith Charbula.