BROOKSVILLE — Gov. Rick Scott now has three recommended applicants to choose from to fill a vacant circuit judge seat in Brooksville.
The 5th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission submitted the names Friday after interviewing a field of 22 applicants in Brooksville on Thursday:
• Thomas R. Eineman is a private practice attorney in Spring Hill who specializes in family law.
• John E. Napolitano is a private practice attorney in Spring Hill who specializes in family and civil law.
• Donald E. Scaglione has served as a county judge in Hernando since 2004. Prior to that, he was an assistant state attorney in the 5th Circuit.
Scott's pick will fill the 5th Circuit's Group 15 seat, currently held by Marion County Circuit Judge Sandra Edwards-Stephens, who retires Oct. 31. Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti is transferring from Hernando to Marion County, so the person selected for the empty seat will serve in Brooksville.
The appointee must win in the 2016 election to garner a full six-year term.