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COURT OF APPEAL: 2ND DISTRICT

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Four appellate judges face merit retention votes to keep their jobs for six more years. The judges have no opponents, and no appellate judge has ever been removed by election. A "yes" vote means you want the judge to remain in the non-partisan office. A "no" vote means you want the judge removed. The poll mentioned below refers to a survey of Florida Bar members asking if a judge should be retained.

Chris W. Altenbernd, 59 Carolyn K. Fulmer, 61 Morris Silberman, 51 James W. Whatley, 61
Experience Appointed by Gov. Bob Martinez in 1989. Former chief judge. Former president of the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges. Chairman of the Senior Judge Review Board since 2004. As a lawyer, worked for Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker firm in Tampa. Appointed in 1994 by the Gov. Lawton Chiles. Served 10 years on 10th Judicial Circuit bench and two years as a Polk County judge. Worked as assistant attorney for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. Has served on numerous Supreme Court and legislative committees. Appointed in 2001 by Gov. Jeb Bush. Owned solo Clearwater law firm from 1988 to 2000 and worked in private practice starting in 1984. Served as Clearwater Bar Association president and on numerous boards and committees. Senior law clerk for a 2nd DCA judge from 1982 to 1984. Appointed in 1995 by the Gov. Lawton Chiles. Served on 12th Judicial Circuit bench for five years. Board-certified civil trial lawyer. Worked for two different law firms from 1972 to 1988. Served as president of the Venice-Englewood Bar Association in 1987.
Education University of Missouri and Harvard Law graduate; masterês, University of Virginia University of South Florida graduate; masterês, law degrees, Florida State University Tulane University graduate; University of Florida College of Law graduate Bachelorês and law degrees, University of Miami
Bar poll 94 percent support retention 88 percent support retention 90 percent support retention 87 percent support retention
Assets Home, savings, retirement accounts Home, savings, retirement accounts Home, investments, retirement, savings Home, retirement account, savings
Liabilities Home equity loan, credit card Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage
Net worth $2.6-million $525,000 $1.4-million $476,000
Personal Married, two children Two children Married to 2nd DCA judge Nelly Khouzam, one daughter Two children
About the job: Appeals court judges are appointed by the governor from lists submitted by Judicial Nominating Commissions. They are subject to merit retention elections every six years. The 2nd District Court of Appeal hears cases from 14 counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco. Judges are paid $153,140 a year.

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