Florida – With qualifying for judicial races starting Monday, only a handful of incumbent circuit judges across the state appear likely to draw opponents.
As of Thursday, three races involving incumbent circuit judges were contested, according to the state Division of Elections website. In all, 251 candidates for circuit judgeships had filed with the state, with most incumbents running unopposed and multiple candidates often crowded into races for open seats on the bench.
Also, 13 judges on district courts of appeals are seeking additional terms through the merit-retention process.
Qualifying for judicial races starts at noon Monday and will last until noon May 4.