Thursday, May 24, 2018
Politics

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Jack Day defeats challenger

Jack Day was the only Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge to draw a challenger this year, so on Tuesday night he became the only one re-elected in a contested race.

"I'm relieved to have this process over. Now I can get back to the work I love," Day said.

During the campaign, challenger Agnes Theresa McCabe implied she would have a better judicial temperament than Day. She often stressed that if elected judge, she would be courteous and treat everyone with respect.

Day, 63, who was elected in 2006 and currently serves as a juvenile judge, said he strives to do the same.

In other races, prosecutor Bill Burgess beat Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold for one circuit judgeship, and Kimberly "Kim" Campbell beat Brian Battaglia in another.

Burgess said he was "overwhelmed with the honor of being elected." He added that, "I owe it all to the very hard work of my supporters and especially to the unrelenting efforts of my bride of 35 years."

Steingold, 51, has been a lawyer for 25 years. He was elected to the Safety Harbor City Commission in 2005 and became mayor in 2006. Burgess, 59, has worked since 1995 as a prosecutor in the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office, and before that spent nearly 20 years in the U.S. Army, most of that time in Special Forces.

Campbell, 42, is a former president of the Clearwater Bar Association, and has worked in criminal, civil and family law. Battaglia, 51, has been a lawyer for 26 years, handling civil litigation, commercial law and other matters.

In the race to succeed longtime Pinellas County Judge Henry Andringa, Cathy McKyton defeated Scott Andringa. Scott Andringa is Henry Andringa's son.

"I'm really grateful for everyone that supported me through this campaign, because it was long," McKyton said. "I'm really excited about having the opportunity to contribute to a strong Pinellas judiciary."

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