Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

In Pinellas-Pasco Group 6, Handsel likely new judge

Veteran prosecutor Mary Handsel appeared headed to the Pinellas-Pasco bench in a three-person race Tuesday, though a second judicial race will head to a runoff in November.

According to unofficial results late Tuesday, with all but one precinct reporting, Handsel had won just over 50 percent of the vote in the race for the Group 6 judgeship, meaning she likely will attain retiring Judge Marion Fleming's bench without a runoff. Clearwater lawyer Bruce Howie was a dozen points behind, while Assistant Public Defender Violet Assaid took just over one in 10 votes.

Handsel, an 18-year veteran of the State Attorney's Office, lost an election bid in 2006. She was a finalist for an appointed judgeship that same year.

Reached earlier in the evening, Handsel said it was too close to call herself judge. "It looks good but, it's still close," she said. "We'll know in the morning. It would be a blessing, but I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch."

In the Group 8 race, in unofficial and incomplete returns, Assistant Public Defender Susan Gardner and lawyer Robert Williams will head to a runoff on Nov. 4. Gardner took more than 42 percent of the vote while Williams had more than 33 percent.

Port Richey lawyer Kenneth Foote took one in four votes and was eliminated.

Either Williams or Gardner will win the seat vacated by retiring Judge Wayne Cobb.

In Pinellas-Pasco Group 6, Handsel likely new judge 08/26/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 1:07am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rep. Wilson accuses White House chief of staff of 'character assassination,' calls for apology


    WASHINGTON - Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., on Sunday called White House chief of staff John F. Kelly "a puppet of the president" and said he should apologize for having made false claims about her while defending President Donald Trump's military condolence calls.

    Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., talks to reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) FLAD103
  2. Metal engine cover piece breaks off jet, falls from sky in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — A piece of metal broke off a jet leaving St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport Sunday morning, but the aircraft turned around and landed safely about 8:40 a.m., according to investigators.

  3. AP Top 25: USF stays ahead of UCF, but just barely


    USF remains ahead of UCF in the latest AP Top 25 poll - but just barely.

    Quinton Flowers and USF dropped one spot to No. 17 in the latest rankings.
  4. Lightning Strikes! podcast: Breaking down the Bolts' record start


    In this episode of our Lightning Strikes! podcast, we break down the Lightning's record 7-1-1 start. Why are Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos clicking so well? Why Mikhail Sergachev is likely here …

    Why are Steven Stamkos, pictured, and Nikita Kucherov clicking so well?
  5. Girl's fatal fall aboard cruise ship in Miami raises concerns over safety


    A child's fatal fall aboard a cruise ship a week ago appears to be an unusual accident, but it still may raise concerns about safety for potential passengers traveling with children.

    Friends and family mourn Zion Smith, the 8-year-old girl who fell to her death aboard a Carnival cruise in Miami this weekend. [Image from Facebook]