It seems like only yesterday that the people of the 10th Judicial Circuit selected me to serve as your Public Defender. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties. Today, I ask for your support as I seek re-election. The motto for my campaign is simple,
Leadership, Experience, Dedication
The Office of the Public Defender is the largest criminal defense law firm in the 10th Judicial Circuit. We employ over 150 attorneys and support personnel, and our annual budget exceeds 10 million dollars. Every decision of the Public Defender must be guided by two truths: no offense is minor in the eyes of the accused and the expenditure of every dollar is significant in the eyes of the taxpayers. With over 38 years of experience practicing law, I have the required legal training and knowledge to effectively represent those who are guaranteed the right to counsel. Having served as the Administrative Director of the Office of the Public Defender for 10 years before being elected Public Defender, I have the necessary administrative experience to efficiently manage the office.