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First Shot

The race to fill an open circuit judgeship in Tallahassee has begun with a familiar name.

Alan Abramowitz, executive director of the statewide Guardian Ad Litem program, is the first applicant seeking to replace the retiring Charles Francis.

That’s according to Christi Gray, chair of the 2nd Judicial Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), who confirmed in a Monday email.

The 2nd Circuit, based in the capital, is often in the news because of the number of high-profile state-related lawsuits that wind up there.

In his retirement letter to Gov. Rick Scott, Francis said he plans to step down March 31. Scott will pick his successor based on the JNC’s recommendations.

Abramowitz, who previously told Florida Politics it was his “long-term goal to be a judge,” has been unsuccessful in two previous attempts to join the bench.

He was a finalist to replace Circuit Judge George Reynolds III, but Robert E. Long Jr., then the general counsel for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, was appointed.

Abramowitz also applied to replace Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, whose seat was eventually filled by then-Assistant State Attorney Frank Allman Jr.

Abramowitz now heads the office of advocates, which represents the interests of children in court proceedings, especially in divorce and juvenile dependency matters.

Evening Reads

U.S. experts urge Florida to swap voting info with other states” via Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times

Five federal judge vacancies in South Florida give Donald Trump chance to shape bench” via Paula McMahon of the Sun Sentinel

Joe Negron says Senate likely to consider tax amendment” via Lloyd Dunkelberger of the News Service of Florida

Women in politics fear #MeToo moment will

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