Circuit judges serve six-year terms and are paid $160,688. They hear felony cases, probate and family law issues as well as civil disputes involving damages in excess of $15,000. This nonpartisan race is open to all Hillsborough County voters.
Robin Fuson placed first in the four-way primary, a testament to his 25 years in the courtroom, varied experience in criminal and civil law, and presence in the local legal community.
Fuson, 60, is a former Hillsborough County prosecutor who has operated a solo practice since 2001. He is widely admired as a workhorse and a tireless advocate for his clients. Fuson's appearances over the years before a variety of judges give him a good grasp of what it takes to manage a courtroom. He is decisive and well-regarded for his demeanor and integrity.
Fuson’s varied life experience also is a plus. He has worked as everything from a gas station attendant to a professional baseball player. Fuson understands the need for judges to be respectful and timely in making decisions. He is a hard worker whose hustle would be useful in the large and busy judicial circuit.
Jamey Moody, 40, is a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney who has been heavily involved in civic affairs in Plant City. He has extensive experience in circuit court and the personality to effectively manage litigants before him.
Fuson, though, has the most relevant trial experience, and his ability to run a solo practice for two decades reflects initiative and attention to detail. His professional standing and fairness are ideal qualities for any judge.
For Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge Group 25, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Robin Fuson.