Saturday, December 16, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Hernando County candidate replies

Editor's note: The Tampa Bay Times offers candidates not recommended by the editorial board an opportunity to reply.

Denise A. Dymond Lyn

5th Judicial Circuit Court candidate, Group 3

Healthy debate built our nation. It is with that in mind that I respond to this recommendation. While I respect the opinion of others there are several things that must be pointed out for our voters: A circuit court position requires vast experience. I am the only candidate with that experience.

During any year a judge's assignment may and often is rotated from family to civil to criminal to foreclosure, etc. Our courts are not stagnant nor can our experience be confined to one area. That is why I am uniquely qualified for this position.

My experience ranges from family, complex real estate litigation, taxation, appellate and general civil trial work just to name a few. I am the only candidate who has been trusted and tried as a magistrate by the citizens of the 5th Circuit.

My qualifications and demeanor have been evaluated and approved! Win with Dymond Lyn!

Bo Samargya

5th Judicial Circuit Court candidate, Group 3

Only one-third of all family law cases are assigned to this judge, therefore, I am the best candidate because my background and experience in the courtroom is diverse and the right skill set for a circuit court judge.

I have presented some 75 cases to juries for their verdicts. Moreover, I have handled a variety of cases before courts throughout the state.

I have been a sworn state prosecutor and I am certified as a circuit court civil mediator where I must mediate the same cases I would handle as a judge. I have managed two law firms and practiced criminal, family, juvenile, civil and real estate law.

I have volunteered as a teen court judge in Hernando and Marion counties since 2008. My humble personality, discipline developed as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army, and sense of justice makes me uniquely qualified for circuit court judge. Please see


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