Cathy Ann McKyton, 44, is extraordinarily well-qualified for the county bench. She has spent the last eight years prosecuting complex, multijurisdictional white-collar crime as an assistant statewide prosecutor, and before that was she was an assistant state attorney for Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe.
Scott Andringa, 43, is a sole practitioner focused on criminal defense work, whose father, Pinellas County Judge Henry Andringa, is retiring from the seat that he seeks. McKyton's professional accomplishments and solid reputation within the legal community give her the edge.
McKyton says she decided to run for county judge because early in her career they helped her "to become the lawyer that I am today," teaching her professionalism and how to balance patience with efficiency. Now she wants to do the same for other young lawyers.
McKyton is well-equipped to fill this role. In addition to extensive trial experience, she has a reputation as being fair and reasonable with a good temperament, something especially valuable in county court where litigants without counsel need the court's assistance as much as its judgment.
This is a nonpartisan election open to all Pinellas voters. Known as the people's court, county judges handle disputes over traffic tickets, landlord-tenant matters, small civil cases, misdemeanor crimes and local ordinance violations. McKyton is well-qualified to handle these matters.
For Pinellas County Court Group 2, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Cathy Ann McKyton.