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Broward Black Lawyers Meet To Discuss Judicial Elections


Forget about Orange Is The New Black.

Black is the new black in Broward County judicial elections. At least that is what members of the TJ Reddick Bar Association hope.

Members of the group named for Florida’s first black circuit judge can read the numbers.

The August elections is when most judges are chosen. In Broward, that means Democratic voters dominate who gets elected to the bench.

Until recently, elderly Jews and Italians living in condominiums were the key to victory in the primary.  But these bloc voters have gone on to that voting precinct in the sky, or they have moved north to Boca Raton or Vero Beach.

Now blocs of blacks and younger white voters have moved in to replace the elders.

It’s a stunning change in a place where Thurgood Marshall would have had a very tough time becoming an elected judge a few years back!

The proof:

In 2016, voters elected two black judges who were running in their first campaigns — Kal Evans and Florence Taylor Barner. Those wins have prompted some African and Caribbean-American lawyers to rethink their careers.

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, April 10, 2017