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Four Broward judges face election challenge

Nearly two dozen Broward judges will not face a challenge at the voting booth this year, assuring their elections to another six-year term.

But four incumbents are facing a challenge, and six candidates are running for two open seats, according to county and state election officials.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, the websites for the Broward County Supervisor of Elections and the Florida Division of Elections listed challenges for Broward County Judges Ellen Feld and Ian J. Richards and Broward Circuit Judges Steven Feren and Lynn Rosenthal.

Feld, a 30-year lawyer first elected in 2008, will be up against attorney Mark W. Rickard, a Plantation lawyer first admitted to the Florida Bar in 1996.

Richards, first admitted to the Bar in 2002, was also first elected in 2008. He'll be running against two challengers: Jonathan Kasen, of Fort Lauderdale, who became a lawyer in 1999, and Claudia Robinson, also of Fort Lauderdale, who started practicing in 2006.

Feld and Richards earned their spots on the bench by defeating incumbents.

Feren, the former Sunrise mayor elected judge in 2008, will be up against John Patrick Contini, of Fort Lauderdale, a lawyer since 1983.

Rosenthal, a lawyer since 1982, was appointed to the bench by Gov. Scott in 2012. Her seat had previously been held by Judge Susan Greenhawt, who resigned. Rosenthal will face Franz Jahra McLawrence, a Tamarac lawyer first admitted in 2003.

For the open seats, attorneys Dennis Bailey, Andrea Ruth Gundersen, Rhoda Sokoloff and Russell Thompson are competing for the seat being vacated by Broward Circuit Judge Mel Grossman, and lawyers Julie Shapiro Harris and Stacey Schulman are running for the seat being vacated by Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld.

The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26. In races with more than two candidates, a runoff will be held in November if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote., 954-356-4457, Twitter @SSCourts


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