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5th Circuit Court Group 3 candidates reply

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The Times offers candidates not recommended by the editorial board an opportunity to respond. Here are some of the responses to recommendations for the Aug. 26 primary races.

Sandy Hawkins

Candidate Group 3

5th Circuit Court Judge

As an assistant state attorney of 11 years, I have dedicated my career to hard work, long hours, and large case loads. It is my duty to find the facts, search for truth, and seek justice. The skills, knowledge, and training I have received are important assets to bring to any judicial bench.

I am an experienced trial attorney, with over 100 jury and non-jury trials combined. I have practiced in both criminal and civil courts. I have spent thousands of hours in various courts before many different judges, and I have litigated thousands of cases. I leave the courtroom and my office knowing that I have completed my duties with diligence and integrity.

As the daughter of a south Florida farmer, I worked in the fields at my father's side, swinging a machete and driving tractors. I married as a teenager and have six boys, who I have raised for 19 years as a single, working mother. I graduated from the police academy, then worked two jobs while attending the University of Florida and Stetson Law School.

I have taught law enforcement officers on domestic relations and violence, law-related subjects in a public school, and judged final oral arguments at UF. I am also a member of the Lions Club.

If elected, I will work hard and use my legal experience, as well as the maturity, wisdom, and knowledge of 53 years of life experiences, to render fair and impartial decisions.

I appreciate your support.

Michael Lamberti

Candidate Group 3

5th Circuit Court Judge

While I agree with many of the comments in the opinion, I contend that I am the overall best candidate.

First, I present my nearly 20 years of varied legal experience as both more diversified and with much greater depth than either of my two opponents. I have handled family law type cases as a dependency attorney and I have handled thousands of other cases at the hearing level and hundreds at the trial level. Years of courtroom experience and docket management skills, no matter where gathered, are vital to a judge's ability to effectively handle ever increasing dockets efficiently, expeditiously and justly.

Second, as a trial advocate I have been exposed to many different types of litigation. I have crossed paths with just about every type of witness, defendant, victim, employer, claimant, attorney and judge to step in a courtroom and I have always acted ethically, professionally and with respect while advocating for my client. Consequently, I contend I, too, have the courtroom wherewithal to sit as a successful circuit judge in any docket setting.

Last, and most importantly, I present myself to the electorate as a lifelong public servant whose only ambition is to make the legal system more accessible and welcoming to all. And while the position of circuit judge comes with great power and responsibility, so does that of a prosecutor, especially a supervisor. I have utilized that power and responsibility ethically, professionally and justly in the past and will continue to do so when elected.

Please remember to vote on Aug. 26 and remember to vote for Michael Lamberti for circuit judge.

5th Circuit Court Group 3 candidates reply 08/19/08 [Last modified: Sunday, August 24, 2008 10:33am]
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