Category Archives: Candidate qualifications

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Candidacy Based on False Financial Disclosures

 The Miami-Dade Circuit Court recently dismissed with prejudice a suit challenging  a candidate for judicial office based upon alleged false financial disclosures contained on qualifying forms.  In Rodolfo Pedraza v. Frank Hernandez et al, Case No. 12-19392-CA-27, the  plaintiff is … Continue reading

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Florida House Candidate Sues Opponent for Infliction of Emotional Distress

            The race for Miami/Dade’s State Representative District 111 seat has resulted in a lawsuit filed by a candidate against his Republican primary opponent.  Eduardo “Eddie” Gonzalez, an incumbent state representative, recently sued his primary opponent Maykel “Miguel” Balboa, and several … Continue reading

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Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Obama Nomination

On June 29th, the Circuit Court in Leon County dismissed with prejudice an election contest complaint challenging the qualifications of Barack Obama to receive his party’s nomination for President.  The plaintiff’s challenge was based upon an allegation that President Obama … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court Justices Sued Over Qualifying Papers and Procedure

On June 25th two private citizens represented by the Southeastern Legal Foundation filed suit against the three Florida Supreme Court Justices runing for retention election this year. The Justices are required to face the retention election in order to remain in office and were required to … Continue reading

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Party Registration in Other States May Disqualify Florida Candidates

A candidate seeking the nomination of a political party must make a statement that they have not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of the qualifying period.  Fla. Stat. 99.021(1)(b).  In … Continue reading

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Lawyers Can Run for Judicial Seats Far From Home

            Residency requirements for candidates can differ from office to office.  In 2001, the Florida Supreme Court in Miller v. Mendez construed the judicial residency requirement contained in Art. V, section 8 of the Florida Constitution to mean that a … Continue reading

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