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Three Board of Governors races set; 21 reelected without opposition

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Young Lawyers Division board has one race, 15 elected without opposition

The Florida Bar Gold SealBar members in the 10th, 13th, and 17th circuits will have contested Board of Governors races in the 2022 Bar elections, while in other circuits 21 board members have been reelected without opposition.

For the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, there is one contested race in the 20th Circuit while 15 lawyers were elected without opposition. three races drew no candidates.

For the Bar board races, in the 10th Circuit incumbent board member C. Richard Nail is being challenged by Victor R. Smith; in the 13th Circuit, John A. Schifino has filed against incumbent board member Kenneth G. Turkel; and in the 17th Circuit William Gelin is challenging incumbent board member Jay Kim.

Elected without opposition were Jeremy Branning in the First Circuit; Melissa N. VanSickle in the Second Circuit; Kris B. Robinson in the Third Circuit; Michael Fox Orr in the Fourth Circuit; Joshua T. Chilson in the Sixth Circuit; Philip Bonamo in the Seventh Circuit; Thomas P. Wert and Tad Allen Yates in the Ninth Circuit; Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jordan Dresnick, Jeffrey Rynor, and Alice Sum in the 11th Circuit; Paige A. Greenlee in the 13th Circuit; Clifford C. Higby in the 14th Circuit; Rosalyn Sia Baker-Barnes and Robin I. Bresky in the 15th Circuit; Hilary Creary in the 17th Circuit; James G. Vickaryous in the 18th Circuit; Laird A. Lile in the 20th Circuit; and Donald A. Workman and Brian David Burgoon for out of state. All are incumbents.

For the YLD Board of Governors, Joseph Coleman and Francesca L. Passidomo are contesting a seat in the 20th Circuit.

Elected without opposition were Kelly Kibbey Smith and Loila Y. Fernandez in the Second Circuit; Ashlea Edwards and Valeen Hyde in the Fourth Circuit; Dane Heptner and Benjamin Thomas in the Sixth Circuit; Evan Minton Gardiner in the Eighth Circuit; Andrew Dwight Moody in the 10th Circuit; Warren H. Chin and Alexandria C. Nicodemi in the 12th Circuit; Rebekah Taylor in the 18th Circuit; Kayla Richmond in the 20th Circuit; and G.C. Murray, Jr., Brandon Lee Wolff, and Brock Hankins for out-of-state seats.
No candidates filed for open seats in the 14th, 16th, and 18th circuits.

The Bar’s elections company will mail ballots in the contested races on or before March 1. Bar members will have the option of voting online or returning a paper ballot. All ballots must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 21.

The Bar News will publish online platform statements from candidates in contested races, and those from the Bar board candidates will also appear in the printed February News.

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