Dwight Dudley qualifies for judicial election
It's official: Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg, is running for judge in Pinellas County.
He qualified for a seat on the county court Friday, running against Myriam Irizarry, who was appointed to the bench last July by Gov. Rick Scott.
Dudley, a lawyer who worked on justice issues as well as utilities and property insurance in the House, announced in late April that he would not seek re-election and wanted to be able to spend more time with family - a difficult balance when the Legislature is in session.
The Times/Herald previously reported that Dudley would run for a different seat on the Pinellas County Court. Dudley said Friday he "had not fully decided where I was going."
"It's a really important job to render fair and just decisions," he said. "We live by laws, and the courts deciding what is just and fair is a crucial thing."
Dudley and Irizarry are two of nine judicial candidates who qualified in Pinellas County: John D. Carballo, Holly T. Grissinger, Paul Levine, Dora Komninos, Curtis "CK" Korsko, Dorothy Vaccaro, Kathleen "Kathy" T. Hessinger.