Five nominees for 12th Circuit Court judge opening sent to governor

jdela@bradenton.comMay 22, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The panel considering applications for a seat on the bench of the 12th Circuit Court has sent the names of five nominees to Gov. Rick Scott, it was announced Wednesday.

The 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission selected:

Deborah Ann Bailey, 56, of Pinellas County, who has been a general magistrate in the 12th Circuit since February 2005;

Judge Kimberly Carlton Bonner, 47, a Sarasota County judge since January 2002;

Hunter W. Carroll, 38, a shareholder with the Sarasota law firm of Matthews Eastmoore;

Teresa Kaklis Dees, 41, a partner of the Bradenton law firm Weiffenbach & Kaklis; and

Thomas Daniel Shults, 58, a partner of the Sarasota law firm of Kirk Pinkerton.

A total of 32 people applied for the position. The nomination commission, led by developer and former state Sen. Pat Neal of Bradenton, pared the list to eight names in May.

The appointment will fill the Circuit Court vacancy created when Judge Rick DeFuria issued his resignation, which takes effect July 31.

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