BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Judge Donald Scaglione is one of six nominees being considered by Gov. Charlie Crist to replace outgoing Circuit Judge Jack Springstead.
The Fifth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission also tabbed Hernando-based lawyers John Napolitano and Stephen A. Toner, Tavares family law attorney Heidi Davis, state Department of Children and Families lawyer Mark Burnette and Assistant State Attorney Anthony Tatti as contenders to fill the opening made by Springstead's retirement.
Springstead will officially step down from the bench on Nov. 30. He was re-elected without opposition to a six-year term in 2008.
The commission interviewed Scaglione and 17 other applicants last week and then forwarded its recommendations to Crist on Thursday.
Crist has 60 days to fill the judgeship, which will cover Hernando and Citrus counties.
"I believe it's a great honor," Scaglione said Monday. "I look forward to serving if I'm honored to be named to the position."
The 5th Circuit's nine-member nomination commission includes Hernando County Clerk of Court Karen Nicolai and George Angeliadis of the Hogan Law Firm in Brooksville.
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