Palm Beach Judge Diana Lewis Loses Judicial Seat to Challenger Raising Issues with Demeanor

by Haydee Oropesa

Jessica Ticktin, a 35 year old Florida attorney, decided to run against an incumbent judge, Diana Lewis.  During the race Ticktin raised issues related to Lewis’ judicial demeanor.  Lewis received a low rating on a recent judicial survey conducted by the local bar. Lewis criticized the “validity” of the results pointing to the “low” number of participants.  Lewis sought to avoid being challenged by Ticktin who was financially well funded.  Lewis who was up for re-election in Group 14 this year contemplated running in Group 32 after the judge serving in that seat decided not to run for re-election.  Running in Group 32 would have meant not having any opposition for Lewis.  However, according to Post on Politics, Ticktin declared that she would run in whichever race Lewis switched to in order to continue challenging her.  Sun Sentinel reported that Lewis switched races several times to avoid the challenge “only to be followed by Ticktin.”   Sun Sentinel had reported that Jessica Ticktin did not just want to be a judge but also wanted to knock Lewis off the bench.  Ticktin managed to succeed in that regard, she won the election yesterday.   The Daily Business Review’s coverage on the election results headlined, “In Judicial Elections, Not a Good Night to Be an Incumbent.”   Judge Jessica Ticktin told the DBR after the election victory,

“We came into it having no idea how we were going to do, and it seems like we’ve done quite well. I’m honored by the trust that has been placed with me and I look forward to making sure that justice is served here with respect and civility.”

Congratulations Judge Ticktin!  Reminder: Voters elect and fund the salaries of  public servants and deserve nothing less than being treated with respect and civility.  Good thing we have Americans like Judge Ticktin who will not let us forget.

 

Diana Lewis

Diana Lewis

Judge Jessica Ticktin

Judge Jessica Ticktin

 
 
 

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