In political circles, it is about as close as you get to a sure thing.
Appeals court judges are appointed by the governor. But every six years, the voters decide whether to keep them.
And in Florida, an appeals court judge has never been turned away.
Eight judges from the 2nd District Court of Appeal, based in Lakeland, went to sleep Tuesday night confident they would not be the first.
The 2nd District comprises 14 counties, including Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough. The judges hear civil and criminal appeals from state courts in those counties. The salary is $110,432 a year.
Retained Tuesday were:
Paul W. Danahy Jr., 68, earned his law degree from the University of Florida in 1957 and has heard appeals on the 2nd District since 1977.
Jerry R. Parker, 56, earned his degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1966. He has served on the appeals bench since 1988.
David F. Patterson, 57, graduated from Stetson University College of Law. He was appointed in 1989.
Chris W. Altenbernd, 47, graduated from Harvard Law School. He has served since 1989.
Richard A. Lazzara, 50, graduated from the University of Florida in 1970. He was named to the appeals bench in 1993.
Carolyn K. Fulmer, 49, graduated from law school at Florida State University in 1975 and was named to the bench in 1994.
Peggy A. Quince, 48, earned her law degree from the Catholic University of America in 1975. She was named to the bench in 1994.
James W. Whatley, 49, earned his degree at the University of Miami. He was appointed last year.