There is one race for Hillsborough Circuit Court judge to succeed retiring Judge Robert A. Foster, Jr. If no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the race with four candidates, the top two finishers will face each other in November. 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 | Group 25
Robin Fuson has spent nearly every working day for the past 25 years in the courtroom, and that experience distinguishes him from three other candidates.
Fuson, 60, is a former Hillsborough County prosecutor who has operated a solo practice since 2001. He is familiar with both civil and criminal law, and his appearances over the years before a variety of judges gives him a good grasp of what it takes to manage a courtroom.
Fuson's varied life experience also is a plus. He has worked as a gas station attendant, a waiter — even nine years as a professional baseball player. He understands people from different walks of life, and he recognizes 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.
Starr Brookins, 32, is a civil attorney who has handled family law in her seven-year career. Jamey Moody, 40, is a plaintiff's personal injury attorney who has been heavily involved in civic affairs in Plant City. Cissy Boza Sevelin, 59, is a former law clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa. She has a long history in helping at-risk children navigate the court system. All are serious candidates who appear to have the necessary judgment for the bench and the personal skills to move a docket in the 13th Circuit.
Fuson, though, has the most relevant trial experience, and his ability to run a solo practice for two decades reflects a sense of initiative and attention to detail. His involvement in youth sports and as a mentor to young lawyers also shows a dedication to the community and his profession.
For Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge Group 25, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Robin Fuson.