Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

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LEGISLATOR, JUDGES AMONG THOSE SEEKING JUDGESHIP

A state legislator and three county judges are among the 12 applicants seeking to succeed Circuit Judge A.C. Soud, who is retiring after 26 years on the bench in Jacksonville.

State Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, had been contemplating a run for state attorney next year but is seeking appointment to Soud's judgeship instead. He is term-limited in 2008.

Duval County Judges Roberto Arias and Brent Shore also have applied, as has Clay County Judge Richard Townsend. The position will serve the 4th Judicial Circuit, made up of Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.

The other applicants are attorneys Thomas M. Beverly, Harold Catlin, Blane G. McCarthy, Thereasa McCaulie, Jefferson Morrow, Kevin S. Sanders, Leatrice Williams Walton and Wesley F. White.

Interviews are scheduled April 24 before the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, which will recommend three to six names to the governor for appointment, said Chairman David Wells.

Soud's resignation takes effect June 30.

OFFICER EARNS NOMINATION FOR SHOW'S ALL-STAR AWARD

Jacksonville sheriff's officer Keith Jowers earned a nomination for America's Most Wanted's Web site "All-Star Award" for first responders.

Jowers, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for 17 years, was nominated because of his service to at-risk youth.

Through online voting at Jacksonville.com, keywords: amw jowers, people may recognize one All-Star finalist each week through mid-April. Finalists will be profiled on Fox's America's Most Wanted television show and entered in voting for the grand prize.

St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar won the second year of the contest in 2006 and pledged to donate his winnings to help Deputy Steve Bailey with medical bills as he recovers from a stroke.

TWO BLESSING OF THE FLEET CEREMONIES ON SUNDAY

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