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Pinellas County Judge | Group 8, Dora Komninos v. Curtis "CK" Korsko

Pinellas County Judge | Group 8

Tampa lawyer Curtis Korsko and assistant state attorney Dora Komninos will face off for this county judge seat. Korsko comes from a civil litigation background, and also served 11 years as a Pinellas traffic hearing officer. Komninos has worked at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office for 14 years.

About the job: This judge seat encompasses Pinellas County and presides over civil matters with damages of up to $15,000, as well as traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases where the maximum penalty is a year at the county jail. The annual salary is $138,020 and the term of office is six years.

Dora Komninos

Profession: 

Assistant state attorney

About the candidate: 

A first-generation Cypriot-American, Komninos, 40, is the lead trial attorney for the domestic violence unit at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office. In this role, she reviews thousands of domestic violence cases for prosecution every year.

Education: 

Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, master's of law from SUNY Buffalo, and law degree from St. Thomas University

Why are you seeking judicial office? 

"I believe that I have the skill set that would be beneficial to the court and the experience that is necessary to handle what goes on in court and I believe that I can give back to our community and I already do in my role as state attorney."

Describe your community service work.: 

"Right now, I am the chairperson of the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force, so I do some work with them. Mainly my community service work is going out to the community and educating people about laws."

How has your legal career prepared you for this job? 

"I already have experience in making decisions that affect people's lives and I think that's hugely important because that's what judges do as well."

Assets/liabilities/ income: 

Assets: Home, designer purse collection, prepaid college fund for daughter Liabilities: Student loans, mortgage Income: $71,999

Personal: 

Married to Spiro Komninos, with a young daughter

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $71,934 Expenditures: $53,887

On the web: 

dora4judge.com

Curtis "CK" Korsko

Profession: 

Lawyer

About the candidate: 

A Seminole High graduate, Korsko, 43, opened his own law firm concentrating on civil litigation and personal injury law in 2004. For 11 years, he also served as a civil traffic infraction hearing officer in Pinellas for the 6th judicial circuit.

Education: 

Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Why are you seeking judicial office? 

"For the past 11 years, I've run my own law firm. I've been an attorney for the state of Florida for about 15 years... I didn't want to go the full-time judge route until I had enough experience in my day job."

Describe your community service work.: 

"The Alpha House is down in downtown St. Pete. They actually house battered women, pregnant women, single mothers that need to get back on their feet... I've actually donated to this organization for years. My mother was a victim of domestic abuse."

How has your legal career prepared you for this job? 

"Driving a high volume litigation firm in four or five different counties, I touch and practice every type of law there is... I have, I feel, the experience to be on the bench and preside over court as a full-time judge."

Assets/liabilities/ income: 

Assets: Condo, stock accounts Liabilities: Mortgage Income: $69,637

Personal: 

Single

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $64,606 Expenditures: $41,983

On the web: 

ckforcountyjudge.com

Pinellas County Judge | Group 8, Dora Komninos v. Curtis "CK" Korsko 08/18/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:41am]
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