4th Circuit Judge, Group 29

Published On: Jul 28 2012 11:30:08 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 28 2012 01:05:27 PM EDT

Voters in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties will vote in this non-partisan election of a judge to a six-year term in the 4th Judicial Circuit, Group 29.

The following two candidates will appear on the Aug. 14 primary ballot in this non-partisan election:

Alvin Wellington Barlow

AGE:  51

FAMILY:   Married 24 years to Cassandra Barlow; 3 children, 2 grandchildren

OCCUPATION:  CEO, A. Wellington Barlow, Esquire P.A.; pastor of New Life Assembly Tabernacle (Church) as of May 2012

EDUCATION:   J.D.  University of Florida College of Law, 1985; B.A. University of Florida College, 1893

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:   Gubernatorial appointment: 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission 1991-1995; elected and served as chairman; mayoral appointments: to Mayor's Council on Fitness and Wellbeing (Mayor Tommy Hazouri), Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Trust Fund (Mayors John Delaney and John Peyton); worked to maintain the Citizen's Constitutional Right To Elect Circuit & County Judges (1991 thru 2000); successfully debated legislators, several Florida Bar Presidents, a Jacksonville Bar President and a former Florida Supreme Court Justice (Ben Overton) on the issue of whether the governor should appoint trial court judges exclusively or whether they should be both appointed and/or elected by the people in a type of hybrid system of elections and appointments; drafted and submitted an "opt-in/opt-out" amendment to Article V of the Florida Constitution to the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission that was placed on the Fall 2000 ballot and voted into law

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

In my personal and professional opinion, the top three issues in this, and any judicial election/selection, are as follows:

  1. Ability & Willingness To Follow The Law: Defined as having the intellectual and experiential capability to follow the law regardless of pressure from outside forces
  2. Integrity: Defined as having a solid personal and professional reputation that is beyond reproach
  3. Fairness: Defined as the natural ability to be uncompromisingly fair to everyone regardless of age, ancestry, color, ethnicity, gender, homelessness, mental or physical disability, national origin, race religion or sexual orientation.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?

WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  BarlowForJudge.com

Mark J. Borello

AGE:  49

FAMILY:  Wife, Jackie (married 23 years); 4 children: Michelle, Katherine, Matthew, Zachary

OCCUPATION:  Assistant state attorney (25 years)

EDUCATION:  Juris Doctor, Florida State University, 1987

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  First time running for elected office

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "Character, integrity, and temperament. Circuit Judges have a great deal of power and responsibility, and it is vitally important to elect Judges who have earned the respect of their peers, and who are known to possess those qualities.
  2. "Experience. Judges should have a combination of extensive courtroom and trial experience, as well as administrative and supervisory experience, in order to efficiently run a crowded trial docket. I have by far the most experience in this regard in this race.
  3. "Support and endorsements from the legal, business, and political communities. I am endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Firefighters Local 122, Sheriffs John Rutherford and Rick Beseler, State Attorney Angela Corey, Former U.S. Attorney Paul Perez, Former President of the Florida Bar John DeVault, and numerous other leaders in our community."

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?

WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:   BorelloForJudge.com