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

May 23, 2013 

Five nominees for 12th Circuit judgeship sent to governor

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

The 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission selected:

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

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

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

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

• Thomas Daniel Shults, 58, 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 this month.

The appointment will fill the vacancy created when Circuit Judge Rick DeFuria resigned effective July 31.

Leaders share secrets at Young Leaders Alliance

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- A panel discussion with Tommy Klauber, owner of Pattigeorges, and the Polo Grill and Bar, and Brian Volner, south region sales manager of C1 Bank, will share secrets of being a "legendary leader" at the Lakewood Ranch Young Leaders Alliance breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. May 31 at the Holiday Inn, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive.

The speakers will take questions. Networking and breakfast start at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation at 8 a.m.

"The breakfast is an opportunity for individuals to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a great leader," said Lindsey Reynell, co-chair of the LWR-YLA. Information: 941-757-1664.

Business Alliance to welcome new members

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will hold a new member orientation from 7:30 to 9 a.m. May 29 at Keiser University's Lakewood Ranch campus auditorium, 6151 Lake Osprey Drive.

Anyone who has joined the Alliance in the last three months is invited. The presentation is geared to help new members navigate the website and introduce member benefits, as well as coming events, seminars and mentoring.

Register at Information: Sherie at 941-757-1671.

Manatee health department offers free HIV, STD testing

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Health Department will offer free HIV and STD testing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during the first Asian Heritage Celebration at Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., in Bradenton.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the number of AIDS diagnoses among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders has increased steadily in recent years. The CDC also reports HIV testing rates are lower for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders than other races or ethnicities.

In addition to free rapid results HIV and STD screenings, there will be free blood glucose and diabetes screenings, as well as community partner information booths to provide medical and non-medical resources to attendees. This family friendly event includes free live entertainment, raffles, and food.

Information: 941-748-0747.

South Manatee Library offers information on lupus

MANATEE -- An informative program about lupus will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 18 at the South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W,, Bradenton.

Lupus is a difficult-to-diagnose inflammatory disease that occurs when the body's own immune system attacks various tissues and organs -- from the joints and skin to the blood, brain, heart and lungs.

Speaker Diane Robertson has lived with the disease her entire life. Her program, "Living with Lupus" will include a question-and-answer session. Information: 941-755-3892.

-- Herald staff reports

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