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Candidates for Broward County Court judge

The county's chief judge assigns Broward County Court judges to either the criminal or civil divisions in Broward's main courthouse or the three regional courthouses. The Criminal Division handles criminal traffic cases asnd misdemeanor cases. The Civil Division handles cases that don't exceed $15,000, small claims and most landlord-tenant disputes. Judges' group numbers have no bearing on where they are assigned. County judges are elected for six-year terms and paid $137,020 annually. All county voters decide the Broward County Court judicial races.

Group 29Name: Jill Levy

Personal: 36. Lives in Hollywood. Divorced. No children.

Professional: Ten years of legal experience, the last seven in private practice specializing in criminal defense and family law in Fort Lauderdale. Since February, Levy has presided as a Broward traffic court magistrate/hearing officer in Hollywood.

Education: Undergraduate degree from Adelphi University, Long Island, N.Y., 1992; law degree from University of Miami, 1996.

Civic: Member of the Broward County Bar Association, American Bar Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Provides pro bono legal services to seniors, families in need and indigent defendants. Levy also helps select candidates for a foundation named after her late sister at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y. - Allison Kim Levy Continuing Acts of Kindness Endowed Memorial Award.

Money raised: $410,000

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $410,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters; 10-13 Club; State Rep. Matt Meadows, D-Lauderhill

How to Contact: 954-825-7330 or jill@jlevylaw.com

Name: Nicholas "Nick" Lopane

Personal: 40. Lives in Fort Lauderdale. Single.

Professional: Twelve years of legal experience, the last seven as a Broward General Magistrate in the Circuit Court's dependency division. Before that he worked as a municipal attorney for a Fort Lauderdale law firm and as an assistant attorney general for the Florida State Attorney General's office in Fort Lauderdale.

Education: Undergraduate degree from Boston University, 1989; law degree from Florida State University, 1993.

Civic: Advisory board member of Helping Abused and Neglected Dependent Children; founder and mentor of HANDY Fighting Chance Boxing and Fitness Club; member of Broward County School Board Advisory Council and mentor for the school board's STARS Academy.

Money raised: $42,115

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $35,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County AFL-CIO, Broward County Police Benevolent Association, former Florida State Attorney General Robert Butterworth

How to Contact: electnick1@aol.com or www.electnick06.com

Name: Stuart B. Yanofsky

Personal: 42. Lives in Sunrise. Single.

Professional: Sixteen years of legal experience, primarily representing individuals in insurance disputes or personal-injury litigation at trial and appellate levels. For the last five years Yanofsky has been in private practice. He is an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University and has presided as a special magistrate for the Broward County Value Adjustment Board since 1998 handling homeowner tax-exemption issues.

Education: Undergraduate degree from University of Florida, 1985; law degree from Nova University, 1989.

Civic: Member of Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Broward County Bar Association. He is an active pro bono representative for Broward Lawyers Care.

Money raised: $10,000, he said.

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $10,000 loan, he said.

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: None so far

How to Contact: 954-336-9578 or stusky@aol.com

Group 30

Name: Alan Marks

Personal: 57. Lives in Plantation. Married to Linda with one son, Barry, 19.

Professional: Twenty-nine years of legal experience in trial and appellate litigation ranging from personal injury to family law and criminal defense. For the past 10 years, Marks has presided as a Broward General Magistrate handling cases in the family, dependency and probate divisions. Marks spent nine years as a Broward assistant public defender and nearly four years as a special public defender at mental health hearings in Broward Circuit Court's probate division.

Education: Undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, 1970; law degree from Nova University, 1977.

Civic: Co-founder and board of directors member of B'nai B'rith Justice Unit (1980-92 and 1996-present), board of directors member and past-president of Soref Jewish Community Center, former member and chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee (1995-98). Marks was elected to the Port Everglades Authority Commission in 1980 and re-elected 1984 and 1988.

Money raised: $28,450

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $10,500 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Police Benevolent Association

How to Contact: alanmarks4judge@bellsouth.net

Name: Robin Sobo Moselle

Personal: 40 Lives in Plantation. Married to Blake with two sons, Jared, 5, and Alec, 7.

Professional: Fifteen years of legal experience specializing in commercial litigation and collection law in county and circuit courts. Moselle spent the last six years with a Plantation law firm, prior to that she was a partner in a Fort Lauderdale firm. Moselle spent nearly 10 years as a special public defender in Broward dependency court and eight years as a court-appointed attorney representing clients in mental health court.

Education: Undergraduate degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, 1987; law degree from Nova University, 1991.

Civic: Board member of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and B'nai B'rith Justice Unit; former president of the Broward County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section (1998-99) and current member of the association's bench and bar Committee; secretary and founding member of the Florida Education Fishing Foundation Inc.

Money raised: $101,500

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $100,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County AFL-CIO, Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters, Broward Allied Medical Political Action Committee

How to Contact: 954-557-1645 or vote4moselle@bellsouth.net

Group 31

Name: Arlene Simon Campione

Personal: 48. Lives in Hollywood. Married to Bruce with two children from a previous marriage, Bonnie Simon, 26, and Steven Simon, 24.

Professional: Thirteen years of legal experience specializing in juvenile delinquency and dependency, the last eight spent as senior assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in Broward and Palm Beach county courts. Before that she worked for law firms in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach handling civil, personal-injury and healthcare law cases and breast-implant litigation. Campione worked as a registered pediatric and geriatric nurse from 1980 to 1989 and was an adjunct nursing professor at Barry University from 1989 to 1990.

Education: Undergraduate degree from State University of New York, 1980; masters degree from Barry University in 1989; law degree from Nova Southeastern University, 1993.

Civic: Volunteer with Broward Lawyers Care; board member and support-group leader with Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention; volunteer with Make-A-Wish Foundation and Broward County School Board's Take Stock in Children; and former board member United Jewish Communities (1994-04)

Money raised: $250,900

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $250,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County AFL-CIO, 1013 Club (retired police officers of NYPD in Broward County)

How to Contact: Arleneforjudge@aol.com

Name: Michael "Mike" Doddo

Personal: 59. Lives in Cooper City. Married to Darnell with two sons, Michael, 32, and David, 31.

Professional: Thirty-four years of legal experience primarily in private practice specializing in civil, criminal and appellate litigation. For the last six years Doddo has represented police officers throughout the state of Florida. From 1972-77, Doddo worked as an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Florida.

Education: Undergraduate, masters and law degrees from University of Miami in 1968, 1969 and 1972.

Civic: Member of the Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Committee; past member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society providing pro bono legal services; member of the Knights of Columbus and past member of the Hundred Club

Money raised: $102,925

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $95,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Hugo Black Jr., Esquire; Hugh T. Maloney, Esquire; Robert C. Byrne, Esquire

How to Contact: 954-764-1048 or mjdoddo@bellsouth.net or www.doddo4judge.org

Name: Ellen A. Feld

Personal: 48. Lives in Hollywood. Married to Peter and has three sons, Michael, 13, David, 19, and Eric, 21.

Professional: Twenty-three years of legal experience from trials to litigation. Feld has been in private practice for her entire legal career handling local government and family law and personal injury cases. She has argued before Florida county, circuit, appeals and federal courts.

Education: Undergraduate degree from Florida International University, 1980; law degree from Nova University, 1983.

Civic: Teen Court judge volunteer; Davie Elementary School student advisory chair (2002-04); Women's Way founding and committee member; Broward Days Court Funding team member; and former member of the Broward County Bar Association's Bench and Bar Committee (2002-03).

Money raised: $210,200

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $205,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters

How to Contact: ellenfeld4judge@aol.com

Name: Michael Alan Mermer

Personal: 50. Lives in Parkland. Married to MJ with one daughter, KarliJo, 20, from a previous marriage.

Professional: Twenty-five years of legal experience as a civil and criminal trial lawyer, handling traffic tickets to personal injury, to divorce to felony matters. He has argued cases at the state and federal levels. For the last three years Mermer has been in private practice in Coral Springs specializing in criminal defense and family law. He also handles misdemeanor cases as a special public defender. He trains assistant public defenders throughout the state on the use of breath-testing machines and DUI defense. Mermer previously worked as a Broward assistant public defender.

Education: Undergraduate and law degrees from Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., 1977 and 1979.

Civic: Provides pro bono legal services through his Coral Springs practice; member of Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Bar Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Money raised: Approximately $15,000

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $14,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: None so far

How to Contact: 954-344-2889 or campaign@mermerforjudge.com

Name: Christopher M. "Chris" Neilson

Personal: 51. Lives in Hollywood. Married to Connie, no children.

Professional: Nineteen years of legal experience, with 13 years in private practice handling civil, juvenile and personal-injury matters. Neilson worked as special magistrate for the city of Hollywood for nearly five years handling code-enforcement matters. Before that he worked as a judicial staff attorney for Broward Circuit Court and an assistant attorney general in the Florida State Attorney General's office in Hollywood. Neilson once owned his own private investigations agency and served as a Hollywood police officer from 1974-79.

Education: Undergraduate degree from New York Institute of Technology, 1976; masters degree from Biscayne College, 1979; and a law degree from Nova University, 1984.

Civic: Secretary and treasurer of the Broward County Bar Association, past chair of the association's membership committee (2004-05), bench and bar committee (2002-2004), and past member of the board of directors (2002 to 2006); past president of the Fraternal Order of Police and Hollywood Police Officers' Retirement Association, active in the Rotary Club.

Money raised: $50,000

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $50,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County AFL-CIO; Fraternal Order of Police, District 5, State of Florida; Former State of Florida Attorney General Robert ButterworthHow to Contact: 954-468-7357 or chris@christopherneilson.com or www.christopherneilson.com

Group 32

Name: Brenda Lynn Di Ioia

Personal: 41. Lives in Davie. Divorced with two children, Austen, 8, and Logan, 10.

Professional: Seventeen years experience in civil litigation and family law, the last 13 years as a Broward chief traffic magistrate/hearing officer. In 2005, she was appointed as special magistrate to the Judicial Enforcement Division. She has worked as a federal and state arbitrator, and mediator in family and county court. Before that, she was in private practice. She is a continuing education instructor for attorneys and county court magistrates.

Education: Undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, 1986; law degree from Nova University, 1989.

Civic: Advisory board member of Kids Voting; Cub Scout treasurer; two-term member of Broward County Bar Association's board of directors; past president of Broward County Women Lawyers' Association (1996-97); vice president of the Imagination Farms Community Home Owners Association.

Money raised: $179,175.

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $175,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County AFL-CIO, Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters, Broward County Police Benevolent Association and Broward County Fraternal Order of Police.

How to Contact: www.voteforbrenda.com

Name: Garrett Elsinger

Personal: 35. Lives in Weston. Married to Sabrina with two sons, Ethan, 4 months, and Garrett, 2.

Professional: Ten years legal experience, the last three spent as a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale. Before that, he worked for six years as a Broward prosecutor in the felony trial, county court and felony domestic-violence units.

Education: Undergraduate degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, 1993; law degree from University of Miami, 1996.

Civic: None

Money raised: $15,000

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $5,400 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

How to Contact: 954-463-0795 or elsingerlaw@aol.com

Name: Randy A. Fleischer

Personal: 46. Lives in Davie. Married to Bonnie with two sons, Sam, 6, and Max, 11.

Professional: Fifteen years of legal experience specializing in employment-discrimination and civil-rights law. Fleischer has been in private practice for his entire legal career. He also represents union members at grievance hearings and workers at unemployment hearings.

Education: Undergraduate degree from New York University, 1982; law degree from Nova University, 1991.

Civic: Member of the Broward County Human Rights Board (1996-06) and two-time past chair (1997-99 and 2001-03); member of the Broward School Board District Advisory Council (2005-06); former vice president Florida Employment Lawyers Association (2001-02) and former legislative affairs vice president (1998-01); member of Temple Beth Emet since 2005; Eagle Scout, BSA, Troop 360, Miami Beach since 1974.

Money raised: $13,000

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $11,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Broward County AFL-CIO

How to Contact: www.randy4judge.com

Name: Terri-Ann Miller

Personal: 51. Lives in Hollywood. Married to Ari with two daughters, Rebecca, 9, and Melanie, 13.

Professional: Twenty-seven years of legal experience as a civil and criminal trial lawyer concentrating on criminal and family law. Miller served as a Miami-Dade County Court judge from 1993 to 2001 and sometimes filled in as an acting Circuit Court judge. She previously worked as a Hillsborough County assistant public defender.

Education: Undergraduate degree from University of Miami, 1976; law degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., 1979.

Civic: Volunteer for Broward County Legal Aid Service; tutored reading for illiterate adults with Broward County Library System; member of Broward County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; past member Broward County Women Lawyers Association; volunteered as a guardian ad litem in Miami-Dade County.Money raised: $1,000

How much did you contribute to your campaign? $1,000 loan

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements you received: Hollywood Commissioner Keith Wasserstrom

How to Contact: www.miller4judge.com

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