ELECTION RESULTS: Posey, Fine, Altman, Tobia, Susin Win; Jenkins Unseats Descovich on Brevard School Board
By Space Coast Daily // August 19, 2020
HENDERSON, GOERNER, BOOKHARDT ELECTED TO 18th Judicial Circuit
POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED, See the Results Below:
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 2020 Brevard County Primary Election voter turnout was 28.1 percent as 121,855 ballots were cast on Tuesday.
You can see the complete election results below:
BILL POSEY, Winner – Representative in Congress, District 8
■ Scott Caine (REP): A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Colonel Scott Caine is challenging incumbent Bill Posey. Caine advocates constitutional rights, the free market that powers our economy and strengthening our military.
■ Bill Posey (REP): William Joseph Posey has been a U.S. Representative for Florida’s 8th Congressional District in Congress since 2009. He formerly served in the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives. President Donald Trump has endorsed Posey’s bid for reelection.
■ Bill Posey will now face Jim Kennedy (DEM) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
RANDY FINE, Winner – State Representative, District 53
■ Marcelle “Marcie” Adkins (REP): Marcie Adkins is a professional economist with a PhD in economics and a desire to limit government and minimize taxes. The conservative Republican moved to Brevard County 53 years ago and has a deep love for the area. Her memories of the Indian River Lagoon of her youth motivate her goals of restoring the endangered waterway.
■ Randy Fine (REP): Incumbent Randy Fine is a former gambling industry executive who was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives, District 53, in 2016. A graduate of Harvard University, Fine has advocated for protection of the Indian River Lagoon and opposes wasteful spending.
■ The winner will face Phil Moore (DEM) and Thomas Unger (WRI) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
State Representative, District 50
■ Incumbent Rene “Coach P” Plasencia (REP) will face Nina Yoakum (DEM) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
State Representative, District 51
■ Tyler Sirois (REP) the incumbent, does not have a Republican opponent in the Primary Election and will face Joan Marie Majid (DEM) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
THAD ALTMAN, Winner – State Representative, District 52
■ Thad Altman (REP): Thad Altman has been a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 2016. Altman also served in the house from 2003 to 2008 and in the Florida Senate from 2008 to 2016. He served on the Brevard County Commission.
■ Matt Nye (REP): Entrepreneur Matt Nye has resided in Brevard since 2001. With experience in technology, finance, marketing, and communications, Nye has also taken on leadership roles in local and national political and nonprofit organizations, including the Brevard Tea Party and Republican Liberty Caucus.
■ The winner will face Lloyd Dabbs (DEM) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
Board of County Commissioner, District 1
■ Rita Pritchett (REP), the incumbent, does not have a Republican opponent in the Primary Election and will face Dwight Seigler (DEM) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
JOHN TOBIA, Winner – Board of County Commissioner, District 3
■ Kathy Meehan (REP): City of Melbourne Mayor, Kathy Meehan was first elected in 2012 and is currently serving her second four-year term. Long active in community service, Meehan was on the board of the Melbourne Downtown Progress Association and served on the Melbourne Police Community Relations Council.
■ John Tobia (REP): John Tobia represented the 53rd District of Southern Brevard in the Florida House of Representatives from 2012 to 2016 and previously represented the 31st District from 2008 to 2012. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Florida.
■ The winner will face Sanjay Patel (DEM) and Austin O’Brien (WRI) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
Board of County Commissioner, District 5
■ Kristine Isnardi (REP) the incumbent, does not have a Republican opponent in the Primary Election and will face William Capote (DEM) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
Canaveral Port Authority, District 2
■ Micah Loyd (REP) is unopposed in both the Primary and General Elections.
Canaveral Port Authority, District 4
■ Paul Kellem (DEM) will face Kevin P. Markey (REP) on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
City of Melbourne Mayor
■ Paul Alfrey, Hazel Buggs and Molly Jean Tasker will face off on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
City of Cocoa Mayor
■ Robert Harvey, outgoing Port Canaveral commissioner, faces incumbent Jake Williams, Jr. on Nov. 3 in the General Election.
RUNOFF: Rob Medina vs. Kay Maragh – City of Palm Bay Mayor
■ Alfred Ramsey Agarie has served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Community Development Advisory Board, and is currently on the Code Enforcement Board.
■ Alan Randolph Borkowski was appointed to the Code Compliance Board for the past three years and the Community Development Advisory Board for the past five years.
■ Kay Maragh currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Board and the Community Development Advisory Board for the City. A native of Jamaica, she serves as vice president of BCASCA, the largest Caribbean organization in Brevard.
■ Rob Medina is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and is the director of ministry at the House at Palm Bay Church and currently serves as congressional staffer for Florida’s 8th Congressional District.
RUNOFF: Don Felix vs. Peter Filiberto – City of Palm Bay City Council, Seat 2
■ Janice Crisp is a Christian conservative who aims to bring more affordable homes to the City.
■ Donny Jean Felix is the founder and president of the Haitian-American Association of Brevard and serves as vice chair of Palm Bay Park and Recreation, Planning and Zoning Advisory Boards,and the Space Coast TPO – Technical and Citizens Advisory Board.
■ Peter Filiberto: Born and raised on the Space Coast, Peter Filiberto and attended Florida International University in Miami. He previously worked for the Town of Surfside and is currently a federal contractor working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
■ Berekia LaFaille is an independent licensed insurance agent with United Healthcare, specializing in Medicare plans. She is a current board member on the Infrastructure Advisory Oversight Board.
■ Santa Isabel Wright has a degree in healthcare administration and served as chair of the Enterprise Zone Development Agency and vice-chair of the Community Advisory Board.
JENNIFER JENKINS, Winner – School Board Member, District 3
■ Tina Descovich is a graduate of Satellite High School and has volunteered thousands of hours to Brevard Public Schools on multiple school advisory councils and as president of the Parent Teacher Organization. She was first elected to the School Board in 2016. Descovich has more than two decades of experience in business and holds a degree in communications.
■ Jennifer Jenkins received her master’s degree from the University of Central Florida in 2014 and is currently in her sixth year as a speech language pathologist with Pre-K Exceptional Student Education Services at Harbor City Elementary.
MATT SUSIN, Winner – School Board Member, District 4
■ Matt Susin was elected to the School Board in 2016, has served as a teacher and currently works as a businessman who coordinates with public service groups. He is also a member of the Economic Development Council and a board member of the Space Coast Tech Council. He has been honored as a Central Florida Humanitarian of the Year, Public Servant of the Year by the Space Coast Economic Development Council and was School Board Member of the Year in 2018.
■ David Worrells is a retired university professor and associate dean, and has taught aviation, aeronautics and aerospace classes. Before entering academia, the Air Force veteran worked on payload processing for McDonnell Douglas at Kennedy Space Center.
TESHA SCOLARO BALOU, Winner – Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 15
■ Tesha Scolaro Ballou graduated from law school in 1195 and began a legal career that culminated in 2019 with her appointment to the bench of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, comprised of Brevard and Seminole counties. Judge Ballou has lived and practiced within the circuit for nearly 20 years and lives in Viera.
■ A. Michael Bross is a veteran criminal defense attorney and practices with the Brevard law firm of Bross, Bross, Thomas and Savy, LLC.
STEVE HENDERSON, Winner – Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 18
■ Steve Henderson is a principal at Henderson Legal Group law firm and grew up in Cocoa Beach. He has provided countless pro bono help to military veterans, law enforcement officers and needy families. Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA while in Army ROTC and law school at Seattle University School of Law. After returning to the Space Coast, he served as a public defender for the 18th Judicial Circuit.
■ Michael Peacock was born and raised in Palm Beach County, received his undergraduate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and earned his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. with a concentration in litigation. In 2012, he moved to Brevard County and worked at an insurance defense firm, later joining Morgan and Morgan. He now owns a boutique law firm.
DONNA GOERNER, Winner – Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 21
■ Donna Goerner earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida. Since 1995, she has served as a prosecutor/plaintiff’s attorney and as a defense attorney in both the public and private sectors.
■ Marc Jones is a life-long resident of Seminole County and attended law school while working full-time. He has extensive experience as a litigation attorney and as Supreme Court-certified civil and appellate mediator.
SAM BOOKHARDT, Winner – Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 25
■ Sam Bookhardt is a Brevard native and received his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He enlisted in the Army at 17 and served overseas before returning home and continuing his studies. He worked as an assistant state attorney and served as president of the Brevard Bar Association.
■ Oscar Hotusing has called Brevard home since 1994. He received his law degree from Nova Southeastern School of Law and served as a captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and as a County Court judge from 2006 to 2009.
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