Dick Greco Jr. Hillsborough County Court Judge, Group 10
This call is not even close. The incumbent, Judge Dick Greco Jr., has served on the county bench for most of the past 20 years. He brings experience and an even temperament to what is often called "the people's court," where smaller criminal and civil cases are resolved.
Greco, 56, is a Tampa native and son of the former Tampa mayor. He graduated from Auburn University and the South Texas College of Law. Greco was a prosecutor in Hillsborough for two years in the 1980s. He later worked in private practice and as an assistant county attorney. In 1990, Greco won election to the county court bench, where he stayed until returning to private practice in 2002. Greco served as a senior judge in 2008 before Gov. Charlie Crist appointed him to the county bench last year. He also has worked as a mediator.
Greco's broad experience as a judge and a local trial attorney makes him far better suited for the job than Lanell Williams-Yulee. Williams-Yulee has worked as a prosecutor and public defender. She is in private practice, focusing on criminal defense and family law. Williams-Yulee, 45, has made several mistakes in her campaign that call her attention to detail into question. The Florida Bar found that Williams-Yulee violated the profession's code of conduct by campaigning as a "judge elect" and by directly involving herself in soliciting contributions. The Bar intends to file a grievance with the Florida Supreme Court. She declined to complete a Times questionnaire and cancelled a meeting with the editorial board.
Greco is transparent, clearly has a knack for the tempo of county court and is widely praised for being fair, reasonable and prepared. This nonpartisan race is open to all Hillsborough voters.
For County Court Judge Group 10, the Times recommends Dick Greco Jr.