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Four applicants recommended to Gov. Rick Scott for circuit court seat

Four applicants have been recommended to Gov. Rick Scott to replace Circuit Judge Scott Brownell when he retires in late December, according to the Florida Bar.

Twelve applicants were interviewed by the Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy.

The four being considered:

▪  Don T. Hall, DeSoto County court judge since 1995.

▪  Renee L. Inman, a Manatee County family law magistrate since 2010.

▪  Lon S. Arend, chief assistant state attorney

▪  Arthur Brown III, assistant state attorney

Brownell, who served on the 12th Circuit Court since 1987, announced his retirement five days shy of the end of his term. Scott said the seat would be filled by an appointee and an election would not be held.

Elizabeth Boyle, a private attorney and the wife of retired Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski, filed April 20 to run against Brownell in the Nov. 8 election but was subsequently removed from the list of candidates for general election by Florida Secretary of State Detzner.

Boyle immediately filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court demanding she be reinstated as a qualified candidate. The Supreme Court ordered Detzner to respond. On June 5, Boyle’s petition was denied.

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